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How to make PDF open in full file preview by default? (PDFs don't just open anymore)

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Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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For years and years, when I clicked a PDF file, it opened in my Acrobat Pro where I see the entire file, and some menus at the top. Now, when I click a PDF file, it opens the program, but all I see is columns ABOUT the file. Name, date, file size, etc. It looks like a subset window explorer / Finder thing. I just want to open the PDF? Why doesn't this happen anymore? I have spent an hour at work trying just to figure out what this thing is or what it is called so I can google that. 

 

How do I make my PDF viewer software go back to ..... viewing the actual PDF?

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Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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Hi there

 

Hope you are doing well and sorry for the trouble. As described you are unable to open the PDF files anymore and getting the columns for File. Name, date, file size.

 

Is this a behavior with a particular PDF file or with all the PDFs? Please try with a different PDF file and check. Also please share the screenshot or a small video of the issue for a better understanding.

 

What is the version of the Adobe Acrobat DC you are using? To check the version go to Help > About Acrobat and make sure you have the latest version installed. Go to Help > Check for Updates and reboot the computer once and see if that helps.

 

Please try to repair the installation from the help menu (Windows Only) and reboot the computer and see if that makes any difference. Go to Help > Repair Installation.

 

Also, try to reset the Acrobat preferences to default as described in the help page - https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/how-to-reset-acrobat-preference-settings-to-default/td-p/4792...

 

You may also try to create a new test user profile with full admin rights in Windows or enable the root account in Mac and try using the application there and check. 

 

Regards

Amal

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