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Make Adobe Acrobat Default for Opening PDF Files

Registered: Jul 27 2006
Posts: 2

Just loaded Adobe Reader 8, now it is the default for opening pdf files. How can I get back to having Acrobat 8 Prof. be the default program for opening pdf files?

My Product Information:
Acrobat Pro 8.0999999999999996447286321199499070644378662109375, Windows
Registered: Sep 28 2005
Posts: 248
MAC users will have a different answer.

In Windows - reset the file association.

Open a folder. Tools | Folder Options.
Click on the File Types tab.
Scroll to see .PDF in the left hand col.
Click on .PDF then Change.
Choose Adobe Acrobat from the list.
OK, Apply, OK.

Douglas Hanna is a member of the Production Print Technology team at Aon.

Registered: May 4 2008
Posts: 3

I'm trying to do the reverse and make Reader the default.

I've tried your method in Folder Options, File Types but Reader is not an option there. I've tried to work around this by browsing and select the correct file (.exe in Adobe 8.0 Follder), but this is not saved in File type and therefor does not work.

Any ideas, please?

Registered: May 9 2008
Posts: 3
Doc - Did you point to the executable file in Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe? Usually Adobe Reader is not installed in the same directory as Adobe Pro or Standard.
Make sure that you check the box that says "Always use the selected program ...."
Registered: Feb 23 2006
Posts: 4307
With version 7 & 8 you might want to look at the "Strat Up" folder of the "Start" button and remove "Adobe Reader Speed Launcher".

George Kaiser

Registered: Nov 27 2009
Posts: 1
I have a Mac with OS X. When I download a document, I have to search for it
on the computer and click on it to make it open in Acrobat.

I would like to set things up so that when I click on a pdf attachment, it opens
in Acrobat automatically.

Any suggestions?