AcroTip No.33 - How to set Exchange or Reader as the default when opening PDF files (for Windows)

This can be useful when opening PDFs on your sysyem or in a web browser.

  1. Left-click on a PDF file
  2. Hold down your shift key and right-click
  3. When the context menu appears, select Open with...
  4. Choose AcroEx32 for Acrobat Exchange (or Acrobat for Acrobat 4) and AcroRd32 for Reader. If these programs are not listed then click Other and navigate to where it reside on your computer. They are normally installed to C:\Acrobat\Exchange or C:\Acrobat\Reader
  5. Click the Always use this program to open this file option.
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For example, those document restrictions that PDF files sometimes have -- no Printing, Content Copying, Page Extraction, etc -- are essentially useless unless the PDF also has a User Password.

January 09, 2014
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