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need to shut off acrobat 4 so i can read stuff

by frankzxcv / October 22, 2007 9:52 AM PDT

hi all,

okay, i have acrobat 8 reader installed (win xp), but i had to do some work on some pdf's and i only have acrobat full version 4 to create and edit therewith. trouble is, when i try to open some pdf's on line the computer automatically opens acrobet 4 and most newer pdf's will not open in it. yes, i can download and "open with" 8 but some files, like bank statements, won't download so i'm stuck. only fix is to use another comp or uninstall 4. and i'm not done with a big pdf editing project yet. and i'm cheap and don't want to upgrade either. advice? thanks - fj

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Move 4 to your documents section
by Dango517 / October 22, 2007 10:15 AM PDT

and run it manually, leaving 8 in the programs section to run automatically. This may be easier said then done but might be worth a try, if your pay check, business "doesn't" depend on it.

You will need additional input about your problem. Be patient, others may respond with a work around suggestion better then mine. The choice to proceed or not is entirely your own.

I had problems running adobe 4 on Vista, 4 has compatibility issues. Keep this in mind if your planning on buying a new computer.

DEG 10 22 07 8:13PM thread tracked

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it worked!
by frankzxcv / October 22, 2007 1:59 PM PDT

thanks! - fj

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(NT) Great!
by Dango517 / October 22, 2007 2:18 PM PDT
In reply to: it worked!
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Set Reader 8 as the default for .PDF files...
by John.Wilkinson / October 22, 2007 2:04 PM PDT

Right-click a PDF file, and go Open with->Choose Program. From the listing select Adobe Reader 8, and check the box to "always use the selected program to open this kind of file" before clicking OK. You'll have to right-click and choose Acrobat 4 whenever you wish to edit one of the files, but chances are you need to view far more often then edit.

Hope this helps,

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It doesn't work?
by Bobby.Genberg / March 26, 2009 11:50 PM PDT

It worked fine to pick up files via Explorer for instance, but not if via the IE8. How do I resolve this?

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For that...
by John.Wilkinson / March 27, 2009 3:23 PM PDT
In reply to: It doesn't work?

Adobe installs a plugin for your browser, so the simplest solution is to reinstall Adobe Reader. Note, however, that IE8 is not officially supported yet.


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Adobe reader 9 and Acrobat 4
by Bobby.Genberg / March 28, 2009 12:49 AM PDT
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Many thanks for your quick reply. It worked like a charm to reinstall 9. It also worked on my wife's m/c with IE7.

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