change default view to details view in Acrobat

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I have changed my default view to be details everywhere, but when I choose Open in Adobe Acrobat, it still opens in List View.  How can I change the default view to be the Details View?
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what do you mean with "details view"? Which settings did you change and did you do this on PDF or application level.

We need some more info in order to help.

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When I say the "details view" I mean when you click File | Open, there is the thumbnail view, list view, or details view of the files.  By default, Adobe is opening them in the "list view" and I've changed my Explorer settings to default to the details view (under the Folder Options, apply to all folders) but Adobe still opens in the "list view".  Is there a way to change this for Adobe?

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I see.

I cannot replicate your problem though. If I go to open I can choose which way I like it displayed. Once I open and close again, the next open dialog retains the last settings. When I change it back, the same thing happens.
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Even after you close out of Acrobat?

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Yes. It does keep the last chosen view even after restarting Adobe.

I wonder whether you have full permissions to the Acrobat folders. J|ust check that you have full access (at least read/write/execute) to:
Program Files\Adobe\
Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\
Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS\
Users folder or Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Adobe\
Users folder or Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\

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I've confirmed that all folders have full access, but it is still not keeping my details view.  Even after I open Adobe, choose details, and then save and close the document.  I open another doc. and the LIST view is selected.

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Strange indeed. I am stumped but will have a look for more info on this.

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One more thought:

Check the permissions in the registry on the following hive and sub keys:
Acrobat Reader\9.0\AVGeneral\

and make sure you have adequate permissions.

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Sorry cut and paste error, registry hive and subkeys are as follows:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe

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I checked and I do not have Acrobat Reader, but I checked the permissions under Adobe Acrobat and I have the appropriate permissions.

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yes sorry my first post took the Reader reference that I tried to delete and then omitted the HKEY bit.

You should check the whole Hive and subkeys for permission and best simply copy the permissions down.

It is very odd if you have full access that it does not retain it...

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I confirmed I have full rights for HKLM and tested it again, and still no luck.  Is there a Reg. entry I can "turn on" for detail view?
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There is so much conflicting advice around. To my knowledge there is no documented (!) way of modifying the registry to retain the Open dialog settings.

However the weird thing is that there seem to be some users for which Adobe retains it and for others it does not work. See:
http://www.acrobatusers.com/forums/aucbb/viewtopic.php?pid=52504 

I run Windows 7 with Acrobat 9.3, so there may be a clue in that.

I am somewhat baffled what the reason could be, but Adobe are not splashing any info on the web about this and other solutions point in no particular direction. EE has a PAQ for the same question for the Reader where khk answered that it is not possible, and I tend to side with him on this: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Document_Imaging/Adobe_Acrobat/Q_25111037.html

The likelihood is that it is a combination of factors which we may not discover unless we stumble across it by accident.

Does it change if you use a local account instead of a domain account (just to eliminate policy or profile issues...)?

Sorry just guessing...
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Thank you for all the info.  To answer your last question, it doesn't matter whether it's a domain or local account.  I guess I will tell the user they just have to live with it :(

Thanks again for all of your assistance.

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The solution was that there is no real solution as of yet but the research was great and very helpful

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Thanks for the accept, I will post something here if I come across a better answer.

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