Try going to Edit - Preferences - General and click the Select Default PDF Handler.
Hello Try67. Many thanks for the help/suggestion. Unfortunately Adobe Reader 9.4.3 doesn't have the "Select Default PDF Handler" option anywhere that I can see. Infact I did a search and found at http://support.dtsearch.com/dts0166.htm
"For now the best workaround is to install Adobe Reader 9 and, if you also have Acrobat X installed, to make Adobe Reader 9 the "Default PDF Handler" for PDF files. To change this setting, open Adobe Acrobat X, click Edit > Preferences > General, and click the Select Default PDF Handler button at the bottom of the dialog box."
The problem with that is that I'm not running Acrobat, just Reader. I've searched through every option under Edit>Preferences>General to no avail.
Any other suggestions and as I only use the free Adobe Reader, is there a free Acrobat option as well? I thought Acrobat was a commercial program, even for home users?
Please can you advise/help further please? Thank you kindly. Nick.
PS time moves on a little and I was just looking at "set associations" under control panel and notice that for .pdx and .pdfxml extensions, Adobe Reader 9.3 *IS* listed as the default program yet not for .pdf ones. How strange. Wonder if I've screwed up that setting in the registry or something the other day when I was trying to fix it with Regedit? Only problem is my knowledge of the registry settings and how to imput stuff is negligable. If you have any suggestions with regard to that, they're going to have to be pretty basic and "lead me by the hand" type please.
Message was edited by: mancunian_nick
You can try the following:
right click on the item you want to open.
Then select open with: then select default program.
Then you browse to your new Adobe Reader executable, and set the always use this program checkbox.
should do the trick.
Many thanks for the suggestion. Sadly I've done all the obvious things (I'm not a computer newbie but fairly experienced, although my technical knowledge isn't all it's cracked up to be) including this but sadly it doesn't work for some reason. I've tried adding it over and over and over again in the hope that one last time and it will work but no such luck. I'm really running out of ideas now. This just doesn't make sense to me at all. <sigh>
I do remember having a similar problem a long time ago (can't remember when exactly) and I did something and fixed it but it was so long ago, I simply can't remember what it was I did.
Thanks anyway. If you have any other suggestions, I'm happy to try them.
Just for the record - I installed Adobe Reader X (10.0.1?) and tried the other suggestion of using the Select as Default Handler as someone kindly suggested. Unfortunately that didn't work either. In frustration, once again I decided to look for and install a different .pdf reader and after Googling, thought I'd try one called Foxit Reader. Free to use and quick/easy to install. Checked and it's there as the default reader without any problem at all. I can now right click and use open with or double click or any other means of opening a file and it opens first time. I'd suggest there's a serious problem somewhere with Adobe Reader! Either that or inexplicably and coincidently, there's a different unknown problem with my computer? But I'd have thought if that were true, Foxit wouldn't have worked either but it did.
Anyway never did fix this problem with Adobe Reader but I have, at least, fixed it by a different means. If anyone else can help with this, however, I would still love to know because I'm sure there has to be a way for Adobe's reader to work and be recognised by Win7 (64 bit). Just a matter of finding out what it is.
Thanks to anyone who can help point me in the right direction. At least now it's a mission of discovery rather than one of necessity.
Thanks again in anticipation.
Nick, I think you are too optimistic. Judging by what happens in these forums, Adobe couln't care less about this problem.
Yes, I think you're right about that, Claudio. Judging from the amount of people experiencing this problem, you'd think they'd at least want to know what's gone wrong, wouldn't you? And why! Obviously they don't and that's extremely surprising. Oh well.