How to change the default program IE uses

  1. stewartcs

    stewartcs 2,284
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    For the life of me I can't seem to remember how to change the default program that IE uses to open .pdf files. I want to use Adobe Reader and not Adobe Acrobat.

    Can anyone enlighten me?

    Thanks...CS
     
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  3. ranger

    ranger 1,683
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    Open Windows Explorer. This is as simple as opening a "My Computer" window. Click Tools > Folder Options > File Types. This should bring up a window that lists file extensions and which programs are responsible for what. Search for PDF. Then from the sub-screen "Details for 'PDF' Extension", click Change, then browse for Adobe Reader.

    Hope it helps.
     
  4. stewartcs

    stewartcs 2,284
    Science Advisor

    I tried that before (and just again) and it didn't work.

    It only happens with Internet Explorer though. If I open a .pdf any other way (outside of IE), it opens with Adobe Reader like I want it to, but not with IE.
     
  5. stewartcs

    stewartcs 2,284
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    Also, it started doing this after I installed PDF Convert Professional by ScanSoft.
     
  6. stewartcs

    stewartcs 2,284
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    Well I was finally able to fix it by re-installing Adobe Reader.
     
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