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I currently have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed on my machine and I also have Adobe Acrobat Pro 8.0 installed as well. When I open a PDF from my desktop it opens using Acrobat however when attempting to launch a PDF from a link on our intranet it opens using Adobe Reader.

Is there anyway to ensure that whenever opening a PDF it will always open using Adobe Acrobat?

In File Types within Folder Options the PDF extension is referencing Acrobat NOT Reader.
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alikaz3 earned 500 total points
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Try this, right click a .pdf file, choose open with...>other program. Then click Acrobat, and make sure to check "Always use this program" and hit OK.
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by:Jk387
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Save a PDF somewhere on your hard drive.  Go to it... right click it... select open with... select Adobe Acrobat and check the boc where it says always use this program... click OK and that should solve your problems.
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by:littlejr_mr
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If you try these and still have problems, you can do the following:

- Go to the command prompt
- Type "assoc .pdf" and press enter. This will show what .PDF files are associated to. This will likely be a file type and not the actual program
Example:
     C:\> assoc .pdf
     .pdf=AcroExch.Document
- Type "ftype <file type>" and press enter. In my example you would replace <file type> with "AcroExch.Document"
Example:
     C:\> ftype AcroExch.Document
     AcroExch.Document="C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"
- Make sure that the path is correct for Acrobat Pro 8.0. If not, you may want to manually change the file type with the correct string by typing "ftype" followed by the modified string
Example:
     C:\> ftype AcroExch.Document="C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" "%1"

Please note that your path could be different and you should double check this

Good luck
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by:Kenneniah
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The problem is Acrobat Reader installs a plugin into Internet Explorer that opens .pdf files directly in IE, so it's seperate from your Windows file associations.
Open Acrobat Reader and go to Edit | Preferences.
Then under Internet, remove the check box for "Display PDF in browser" and let it reboot when it asks to.
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by:Rhino83
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This did the trick. Pretty simple fix I just completely overlooked. Much appreciated Ali!
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