As a PDF editing program, Bluebeam Revu can be set as the default PDF viewer for your computer. The default PDF viewer determines which program the PDF opens in when selected. Setting the default PDF viewer will save you time by ensuring that your documents always open in the correct program.

This article will outline the process of setting Bluebeam Revu as the default PDF viewer. The following examples will show this process using Bluebeam Revu 20 eXtreme run on Windows 11. This process is the same for all versions of Revu. However, this process will differ for other versions of Windows. For past or future versions of Windows, the Windows Default Apps guide may be useful.

What is my current default PDF viewer?

If you’re unsure what the current default PDF viewer for your computer is, you can find out by opening a PDF. Generally, the PDF icon will match the default program’s design. If the default PDF viewer is Bluebeam Revu, the icon will present a blue page with the Bluebeam logo. If the default viewer is a web browser, such as Chrome, the icon will match that of the browser.

When you double click on the PDF, it will open within the default PDF viewer.

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Bluebeam Revu also makes it known if it not the default viewer. When opening Revu, you might see the following warning display:

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If this warning appears, Bluebeam Revu is currently not the default PDF viewer. Using this popup, you can adjust the default apps for your computer.

Setting Bluebeam Revu as a Default PDF Viewer

Within this popup, select OK. This will automatically open the Default Apps window from your computer’s Control Panel.

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You can also access this same window without Revu using your computer’s search bar. If you type in Default apps, you’ll find a quick link to the same page.

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In the Default apps window, you can filter down defaults using the search bar at the top. I’ll search for PDF, which will bring up an option for .pdf file type. The current default PDF viewer will display, but you can adjust this by selecting it.

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A list of apps available will display, and you can choose a new one to use as the default. If the app you need is unavailable, you can use the Choose an app on your PC option. You can then search your computer’s program files to find the desired one.

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What if Bluebeam Revu is not an option?

If Revu does not appear within the Choose an app list and you can’t find it on your PC, you can set defaults for the program instead. Within the Default apps window, there is a second search bar where you can search for applications. Within here, enter in Bluebeam Revu. The application will appear, and you can select it to adjust its defaults. For Bluebeam Revu, you can set the default program for .fdf and .pdf file types. Select the .pdf default and you should now see Revu listed as an option.

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Revu will now be the default PDF viewer. Double clicking on a PDF will automatically open the file in Bluebeam Revu.

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What if the Default App Warning Doesn’t Open?

If Bluebeam Revu is not your default PDF viewer and the warning doesn’t open upon startup, you can still access the Default Apps window. Of course, you can always get to this page from your computer’s task bar – but you can also do it another way within Revu. Within the program, select Revu > Preferences. Navigate to the Admin tab and select Open Default Programs. This will open the same Default Apps window where the default PDF viewer can be set.

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Why did my default PDF program change?

If you use multiple PDF editing programs, the default PDF viewer may be overridden. Basically, each program is fighting to be the default – and may prompt you to set it as the default upon opening. This tends to occur when both Bluebeam Revu and Adobe Acrobat are installed on the same device. If you set Bluebeam Revu as the default PDF viewer and it later reverts to Acrobat, you will need to reset the default as needed. Be aware of any popups that appear when opening these programs, as they may prompt you to adjust the default. I recommend using just one PDF editing program on your device to prevent this from happening.

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Lauren Hecker is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor and teaches onsite and virtual Bluebeam Revu training courses. To schedule an onsite or custom course, please contact us!

12 Comments

  1. Aharon Weintraub

    I have this all set up correctly. Regardless it still pops up asking to set as default every single time I load the program. Also preview files in windows explorer do not load on revu.

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi! To remove the default pop up from appearing, make sure to check “Do not show this message again” underneath the pop up. It shouldn’t appear any more going further.

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      • Naneek

        I’ve set Bluebeam as my default pdf viewer, and now my pdfs open through bluebeam. However, I still get a pop up that asks if I want to open the pdf via Adobe Acrobat for every pdf. Do you know if there’s a way to disable this pop up?

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  2. Fernanda

    Hi, when I do the instructions above it works, but everytime I restart the computer the new setting is lost and Adobe is back as my PDF default app. How do I set up Revu as my permament defalt5 program without having to do the same process everytime I turn my computer on?

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Fernanda, if you have set Revu as your default PDF viewer, it shouldn’t revert once you restart the computer. I would recommend looking into your Adobe settings and see if Adobe is overriding those settings in any way.

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  3. Valerie

    Revu is set as my default viewer. But it used to open a PDF as soon as it was created, which in my work is very helpful. I don’t know what changed, but now that doesn’t happen. I have to hunt the file down and open it by hand. Please advise.

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    • Dylan Harvey

      Hi Valerie,

      Do you have any other PDF editing/viewing software installed? In my experience updating Acrobat for example can sometimes set it as the default viewer. You may need to go into your Windows settings to change the default printer. Sometimes reinstalling Revu can help as well, if you search from Windows task bar “Add or Remove programs” you can select Revu and Uninstall, then just use the .exe file from your Revu download to go through the installation process again.
      If there are any other details you can share that could help solve your issue, let us know!

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  4. greg dunlap

    when i open the ‘choose default apps by file type’, Revu is not one of the options. yes, revu is loaded onto my machine, logged in and operating normally

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Greg,

      Generally, if the app you need isn’t available in the Suggested Apps list, there’s another option to search your computer for the desired program. You should be able to use this tool to find Revu.

      If this doesn’t help, let me know what version of Windows you’re using and I can look into it further.

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