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View .PDF Attachments without having to save first to desktop

Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Currently using have Vista Home on pc.  Using Windows Mail for messagining.  Why can't I open .pdf attachments to view them?  The only option I have is to save locally, then I can open the file fine.  Using Acrobat Reader 8.  When I try to open to view file from Windows Mail I get the following:  "This files does not have a progam associated with it for performing this action.  Create an associatiom in thye Set Accociations control panel".  I have checked the association settings and they are correct.  .PDF files are the only attachments that I have this problem with.

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Open Acrobat Reader 8, go to Edit, then Preferences.  In the left hand menu click on Internet, then make sure there's a check mark in the "Display PDF in Browser" box, hit OK, close Acrobat Reader, and try opening a PDF.  That should do it!

If, by chance that didn't fix the issue, there's one more thing you may have to do.  Right click on a saved PDFand click on Properties.  Once that box opens, you should have a section that says "Opens With" and it should say Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.  If it doesn't, click on the button that says change, then either pick Acrobat Reader from the list of displayed programs or click on the "Browse" button at the bottom and browse to the application.  It should be located at:  C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe

Let me know if that dosn't work for you.

Sorry, totally missed that this is only happening in Vista Mail.  In the Security menu for mail, make sure that Acrobat Reader 8 is listed as the application for handling PDFs.  If it's not listed, just add it and you should be fine.  Let me know if that doesn't do it.


Acrobat Reader is listed as the application for handling PDFs

And opening PDF's works fine through IE for example (they open correctly in the browser)?  Have you tried running a repair on Acrobat Reader?  I'd also make sure you're using the latest version (I believe 8.1).  Let me know how you make out wth the repair and possible updates.


Yes they open fine through IE.  Have actually uninstalled and reinstalled Acrobat Reader and applied updates.  Still does not work.

OK, let me look a bit deeper on my Vista machine.


Thanks appreciate it.
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