7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 17, 2011 8:51 AM by jrrrr RSS

    Adobe Reader is opening word?

    jrrrr Community Member

      Hi,  I tried opening a pdf file ( in adobe reader) as a word file earlier. the reason for this is that i wanted to password protect a file (and adobe reader doesn't seem to be able to password protect pdf files). the file would not open in word...but thats not the problem

       

      Now, adobe reader is opening word (which is useless) when I try to open a pdf file, and I can't seem to figure out how to correct this.

       

      Thanks for any help on this.

       

      JRrr

        • 1. Re: Adobe Reader is opening word?
          Claudio González CommunityMVP

          Wthout more information, it looks like a files association problem. How to correct this depends on your OS, but basically you right click on a pdf icon, choose Open with or similar, choose Reader, and click on change all or similar.

          • 2. Re: Adobe Reader is opening word?
            sylviaky Community Member

            Since I downloaded Adobe Reader 10 today, it only opens in word, with unreadable text. I tried right-clicking w/o success. My previous version worked fine. What can I do so it doesn't try to open in Windows?

            • 3. Re: Adobe Reader is opening word?
              Claudio González CommunityMVP

              Sorry, but it seems I'm not following you. Are you saying

              that when you try to open Acrobat Reader, Word attempts to open the program?

              • 4. Re: Adobe Reader is opening word?
                sylviaky Community Member

                yes, that's exactly what happens. My previous Adobe 7 worked fine. This

                started w/the upgrade to "10". I uninstalled the "10" and installed the 8.2

                Adobe, the oldest available, but the same thing happens.

                 

                2011/3/7 Claudio González <forums@adobe.com>

                 

                Sorry, but it seems I'm not following you. Are you saying

                that when you try to open Acrobat Reader, Word attempts to open the

                program?

                >

                • 5. Re: Adobe Reader is opening word?
                  jrrrr Community Member

                  Sylviaky has the exact same problem that I have. When Adobe Reader X is used to open a pdf document, for some reason it is actually opening microsoft word first..then word tries to open the document which appears in gibberish characters. I even uninstalled adobe reader X and reinstalled it. Same issue. Help!

                  • 6. Re: Adobe Reader is opening word?
                    sylviaky Community Member

                    I figured out how to fix the problem in Windows XP of Adobe X trying to open

                    PDF files with Microsoft Word. Try this:

                     

                    Try to download any PDF file

                    Close Microsoft Word, which it will try to use to open the PDF

                    Left click on "Start" (bottom left of main screen)

                    Left click "My Documents"

                    RIGHT click on any PDF file you see stored there

                    Left click "Properties" (at the bottom of the drop-down screen)

                     

                    Under the "General" tab, click the "opens with" drop down arrow

                     

                    I found that my default to open PDF files was Microsoft Word; I changed thje

                    default to "Adobe Reader", clicked "ok" (save) and voila....my PDF files now

                    open in Adobe!

                     

                    Hope this works for you, also.

                    Sylvia

                    • 7. Re: Adobe Reader is opening word?
                      jrrrr Community Member

                      Hey thanks Sylvia! That seems to have fixed things!!