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How to make Acrobat Reader default over Abode Acrobat

by totaldrummer / June 12, 2005 6:08 AM PDT

I installed Abode Acrobat 6.0 Standard software and now it makes itself the default to open up all PDF documents I click on when I'm browsing the web. I prefer that Acrobat Reader 7.0 open my PDF documents because Abode Acrobat 6.0 takes too long to start up.

I tried to change the association by saving a PDF document to my hard drive, right clicking it, and choosing Acrobat Reader to open it up, at the same time clicking "Always use the selected program" to open up PDF documents. After that, Acrobat Reader 7.0 opens up the PDF documents I have saved on my hard drive, but Abode Acrobat 6.0 still opens up PDF documents from the web.When I try to right click a PDF document on the web to change the association, the option to "open with" does not appear. I'd appreciate any help to solve this problem.

I have Windows XP Professional and use Internet Explorer as my browser.

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by dagger906 / June 12, 2005 6:48 AM PDT

Right click on any PDF documents, select Properties, on the General tab, find "Open With," there's the default program name next to it, as well as the button "Change." Click on Change and pick the right program from the list.

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Re: Adobe
by Kees Bakker / June 12, 2005 7:23 AM PDT


I can't check it here, but there's a good chance the installation of Acrobat updated the BHO (browser helper object) that Reader installed. Reader usually is integrated with IE, so that the file from the web is opened in a browser window, not in separate window.

My first suggestion would be to reinstall Reader to see if it reclaims its position.
Else install Firefox (www.mozilla.org) to see what that does. By default, it doesn't have this integration with Reader, I think (although it might get it with an add-on, not sure on that), so it will use the standard Windows file association. There's no need to keep Firefox as your preferred browser (although you might do so), it's just meant to see what happens.


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Thanks- it worked
by totaldrummer / June 12, 2005 9:17 AM PDT

Thanks for the advice. I uninstalled and re-installed Reader. During installation, it gave me a choice of using Reader or Acrobat as default to open PDF documents, and I chose Reader. This solves my problem. Thanks again!

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(NT) (NT) You're welcome.
by Kees Bakker / June 12, 2005 5:22 PM PDT
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