Opening/Closing .pdf files from a VB.Net console app while keeping Acrobat window open.

Posted on 2004-09-09
Last Modified: 2011-09-06
I realize that my question my not seem very difficult to many of you, but this is my first .Net app.  Anyway, I would like to open (via the dbl-click event of a filename) a .pdf file from a VB.Net windows console application in a new window which would run Acrobat.  The first file opened would have to start the Acrobat application.  Then, I would like to be able to open and close files within Acrobat from the .Net application without having to actually close the Acrobat window.  If I can get this to work, I intend to close the Acrobat window when the form itself is closed.  

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!
Question by:rrouse
  • 3
  • 2

Expert Comment

ID: 12022086
As far as I know, the only way to do what you are asking requires the use of an Automation model (similar to what MS Office applications have), but I don't believe that Adobe exposes such and object model. However, I think you can send OLE commands to the Acrobat Reader application onced you have launched it with Process.Start().
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

DotNetLover_Baan earned 250 total points
ID: 12022459
Hi there. use Process.
In the Double click event, write..

System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("Your file name")

See what MSDN says..

Expert Comment

ID: 12022478
That will only launch the application for you, and it will launch a new instance each time you execute it.
IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!


Expert Comment

ID: 12026374
I tried DotNetLover_Baan solution and doesn't open a new instance of the application.

all files are opened in the existing instance.

Expert Comment

ID: 12028815
Well, as long as it works. Just be warned that Acrobat may be like Word (where all documents can open in the same instance), but not all applications are like that (notepad, for example).

Expert Comment

ID: 12029518
notepad is not an MDI applictation.

Featured Post

What Is Threat Intelligence?

Threat intelligence is often discussed, but rarely understood. Starting with a precise definition, along with clear business goals, is essential.

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

I think the Typed DataTable and Typed DataSet are very good options when working with data, but I don't like auto-generated code. First, I create an Abstract Class for my DataTables Common Code.  This class Inherits from DataTable. Also, it can …
The ECB site provides FX rates for major currencies since its inception in 1999 in the form of an XML feed. The files have the following format (reducted for brevity) (CODE) There are three files available HERE (…
In this seventh video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFfonts utility, which lists all the fonts used in a PDF file. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable for use in programs, scripts, batch files — any pl…
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor ( offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

706 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

20 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now