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The default pdf handler in Windows 8 is the "Reader" app, which runs in the new UI only. Aside from using a "normal" pdf reader (Foxit/Adobe) is there any other way I can make the Reader app run in desktop ui mode. enter image description here

I am looking for this, because I am used to opening PDF and an editor side by side (50%). The modern UI only gives me one-thirds, which is not what I want

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Not possible because the Reader app was only made to be run Windows 8. (Basically what I mean is that you can only run the Reader app from the Start page)

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No.

The PDF reader is a Modern UI app; you cannot run Modern UI apps on the desktop.

You could run it on a virtual machine instead.

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wait. Run a whole OS just to read PDFs? –  Journeyman Geek Oct 28 '12 at 9:55
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You can "snap" the Windows Reader to the Desktop.

  1. Open Windows Reader
  2. Go to Desktop
  3. Point with the mouse to the top-left corner until a box with Windows Reader icon appears
  4. Right click on it, and select Snap left or Snap Right
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found this on http://happyantipodean.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/cannot-start-adobe-reader-in-desktop.html

For info on getting abdobe reader for Windows 8 desktop refer Adobe: http://forums.adobe.com/message/5113777

went there, downloaded, works great

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Welcome to SuperUser, but I don't think your answer addresses the OP's question. The question was about using the default Windows 8 PDF handler in "desktop" mode, and specifically rejected using another app (such as Adobe). –  techturtle Jan 3 at 19:09
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