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Downloading Adobe on a Dell--Open Office software?

Jun 16, 2012 11:08 AM

I have downloaded Adobe Reader on my Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop (Windows 7 operating system, 3 GB RAM, Intel Pentium Processor) on three separate occasions, hoping I will be able to use it to view PDF documents.  This would help me enormously in viewing time-sensitive documents.  Each of the downloads have failed. The predominant issue I can think of is that I do not have Microsoft Office on my laptop--instead I have OpenOffice, which may be the problem.  Each time, when I attempt to open PDF files, they convert to WordPad and appear as gibberish.  Is there a solution to this, apart from installing the various Microsoft Office programs?


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    Jun 16, 2012 11:37 AM   in reply to griffkm

    This has nothing to do with any of that. Your file associations are simply busted. Fix them by checking your Explorer options under File --> Options, Associations tab... Delete all current PDF associations, create new ones by right-clicking on a PDF and using Open With... to define a default program.



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    Jun 16, 2012 1:05 PM   in reply to griffkm

    Moved to Adobe Reader

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    Jun 16, 2012 9:30 PM   in reply to griffkm

    You do not need Microsoft Office (or any other Office suite) to download/install/use Adobe Reader.


    The simplest way to fix the Reader's file associations is to uninstall & reinstall it; download the full installer from

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