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How do I prevent acrobat reader DC from opening .pdf files by default?

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Jul 23, 2015

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I have set Acrobat Professional as my default application for .pdf files, however it doesn't stick; unless I right click and choose the "open with" option, Acrobat DC takes over even with Acrobat Professional set as the default application.  I have no uses for DC as I have purchased Acrobat Professional, which is more useful and familiar to me in terms of manipulating .pdf files.  I would simply uninstall it, as I have before because of this but lately I have found sites are requesting I install it as former acrobat plug-ins are deprecating, so not having DC is posing a problem as well.  I know Adobe is proud of their new program, but DC is acting like a religious cult or an anxious teenager, I can't decide which one, either way the point is it's annoying; I don't want it.

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How do I prevent acrobat reader DC from opening .pdf files by default?

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I have set Acrobat Professional as my default application for .pdf files, however it doesn't stick; unless I right click and choose the "open with" option, Acrobat DC takes over even with Acrobat Professional set as the default application.  I have no uses for DC as I have purchased Acrobat Professional, which is more useful and familiar to me in terms of manipulating .pdf files.  I would simply uninstall it, as I have before because of this but lately I have found sites are requesting I install it as former acrobat plug-ins are deprecating, so not having DC is posing a problem as well.  I know Adobe is proud of their new program, but DC is acting like a religious cult or an anxious teenager, I can't decide which one, either way the point is it's annoying; I don't want it.

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Jul 23, 2015

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Hi blind1st,

  • Right click on one of the PDF file, select Open with -> Choose Default program.

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  • Choose Acrobat as the default PDF viewer & checkmark the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file".

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  • Click OK to confirm.

Let me know if the issue persist.

Regards,

Aadesh

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Jul 24, 2015

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One of the problems I'm seeing is that Acrobat Professional does not appear

in my checklist for default programs; only Acrobat DC. This is not the

default program I want.

Acrobat Professional (8.1) only appears in prompt menus, so I can select it

as the default by right clicking and selecting Acrobat from a .pfg file,

but has been replaced by DC in all other instances, conversely Acrobat DC

does appear in both the default menu as well as the prompt menu (right

clicking from a file). All the same, selecting Acrobat Professional (8.1)

doesn't stick, it always returns to Acrobat DC.

It's likely that DC is being recognized as the updated version of all Adobe

Acrobat programs and it is not properly distinguished from Acrobat DC, as

Acrobat DC is the default protocol for ACROBAT, that parameter may override

all defaults; setting protocol ordering is substantially beyond my

knowledge of programming, but as I cannot change this default; I'm making

an assumption that this protocol may be preventing Acrobat Professional

from appearing in the default menu as well as maintaining defaults, but we

all know how assuming turns out.

Do you know anything about that end of things?

On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 10:55 AM, aadeshs76610910 <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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Jan 18, 2018

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Adobe Staff did not even read the question! This question has been posted numerous times and not properly addressed by Adobe!!! The DC program takes over ownership even when full Adobe Acrobat is selected as the default program. Why the *&^A%% would I want a reader when I have paid big $$ for the program that can actually edit pdfs? And lest Adobe think that this problem will quietly go away as people "get used to it" remember that the people get reminded time and time and time again how frustrating it is to have DC get in the way of their paid-for Acrobat program. I know that it makes me madder and madder each time it "refreshes" itself back into owning all pdfs on my system. And the pleas of Adobe's paying customers are being ignored over and over in the forums.

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Jan 18, 2018

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When you have Adobe Acrobat you don't need Acrobat Reader.

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Jan 18, 2018

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Bernd - that's exactly right!! So why does Adobe DC reader barge in and insist on being default for pdfs even AFTER I have told my system I prefer the Acrobat?

But OK. I have also uninstalled DC reader only to have it mysteriously return to my system a day or two later and re-annoy me. This may be because I am in a corporate environment which pushes programs to people. However I use the word "may" intentionally. My experience with the nasty, brutish DC reader means that I am now just as inclined to think that Adobe is pushing DC to me when I try to use my Acrobat.

Adobe should allow me to opt out of the DC reader default push. By not respecting my decision on my system Adobe is making me hate DC every single time I have to take one or two more steps to open a pdf with Acrobat.

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Jan 18, 2018

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I’m a bit confused. There is Acrobat Reader DC (free), and Acrobat Pro DC (subscription).  (As well as Actobat Pro 2017, permanganate license). So when you talk about “full Acrobat”, “DC program”, “DC reader” if isn‘t clear what you mean. And you talk about “DC Reader default push”. Adobe doesn’t push Acrobat Reader unless you choose to, it would make no sense for people with paid-for Acrobat. If Reader DC keeps turning up, this isn’t Adobe’s Policy. If it mysteriously reappears my first instinct is that your IT Department are going it, but a strangely broken updater may also be to blame. Talk to IT first though, perhaps they keep an opt-out list.

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Jan 20, 2018

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I had this problem too. Open you Adobe Pro product. Select Edit from the Menu, go to Preferences. Select General in the Categories section on the left. When that panel opens, you will see a button to select your default PDF Handler (label may vary according to what version Acrobat you are running). Click the button, there should be a drop down that you can select your pro version from, then click apply. It will run the installer to get the key. It can take up to 15-20 minutes depending on what version or how many versions you may have. Be patient. Once that is done, click okay, then close the window.  Now go find a PDF file on your computer and open it. It should now default to your selected pro version.  Hope this was helpful and works for you!

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Nov 13, 2018

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Thanks thanks thanks very much.

Had tried everything and absolutely noting worked.

Was now thinking of going and buying the latest version of Adobe Pro to overcome the Reader DC version.

Your suggestion worked.

Cant thank you enough!!!

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Thanks, but I couldn't find that option (PDF Handler or equivalent) on my Acrobat Pro 9. Any hints? 

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Sep 15, 2020

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It didn't exist in that ancient version. You'll need to do it manually via the OS.

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Jul 23, 2015

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‌Uninstall Acrobat Reader DC and repair Adobe Acrobat.

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Jun 21, 2019

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The answer does not solve the problem with the CM/ECF system in federal courts. Windows 10 does NOT provide the option to select Acrobat Pro as the default (NOT in the list). The download documents from the CM/ECF system required DC PDF Reader to open. Acrobat Pro cannot open (error or corrupted file). I must use another laptop with DC PDF Reader installed to load the documents and then use SAVE AS to another PDF file in order for Acrobat Pro to open. This is clearly a bug on the Adobe side, not Microsoft.

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Jun 21, 2019

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That does sound like a bug in Acrobat (if it can't open files that Reader can open), but not connected to the original person's problem - none of them mentioned this error, or a federal court setting. Sometimes tagging on the end of a problem stops the right people seeing your message, and works against you.

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