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Old 08-30-2008, 03:17 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm new here, I hope this is the correct forum to post my issue....Last weekend I had to wipe my hard drive clean and reinstall Windows and other programs. It was a breeze and I've updated everything already, including Adobe Reader. I think the latest version is 9.0. I am running Windows XP SP3 and all was well until I tried opening a PDF file from a website today. When I clicked on the icon on the web page to open their PDF file, it opened up in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 instead of in Adobe Reader 9.0. I looked through the Properties and Advanced tabs in both programs to see if something was checked stating to open PDF files in Elements, but I found nothing that mentioned this anywhere. I also checked through all the Internet Explorer settings (version 7.0) and found nothing about PDF's there either.

And when the PDF files open in Elements, it appears as a tiny picture that I cannot even read, though I did not try to print it out yet. This has never happened before and I just cannot figure out why it's happening and how to fix it. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Old 08-30-2008, 03:52 PM   #2
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I had that happen, I finally uninstalled PE and made sure the PDF would open in Adobe reader, then reinstalled PE.

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Hi babybreeze, welcome to TSF..

you just need to change the file association by right clicking a PDF file which is stored on your PC and then selecting 'Open with' then 'Choose program'. If Reader is not on the list, all you need to do is browse to the program and ensure the box is checked to always open with that program.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307859

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Thanks for the welcome and suggestions to both of you! You know, I knew there was some way to use "open with", but my brain just couldn't dig it up. Thanks so much for that tip! I just did that with PDF file, selected "open with" and checked off "always use this program to open these files", so hopefully I should be good to go now. For some reason it was defaulted to Elements; I did install Elements last , maybe I zipped through the installation too quick and did not notice if it asked to use that program to open certain files, etc... I really did not want to uninstall and reinstall, though I would do that if nothing else worked.

Thanks again for the help!
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Glad we could help.

Some programs overwrite file associations without giving you the choice during installation so it can be a bit of a pain sometimes.

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