Illustrator CC AI File will not open with Double-Clicking

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Jun 14, 2021 Jun 14, 2021

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I am hoping somebody else has had this issue and it has been resolved.  When I double-click on an AI file in Windows Explorer, Illustrator applicationopens, but does not open the document. I can open AI file then from File/Open action. It started happening with 2021 and I am currently using 25.2.3.  I do not have any other versions installed. This started months ago and I have been working on it intermittently since then.  

 

Interestingly, it open Illustrator and then shows the file I was trying to open under Recents.  So, it is like it opens the file and closes it, as it always show the file I just double-clicked on under recents.  This happens with any .AI file I try and open via doube-click.  

 

I have read a number of similar issues from others in the community and tried to fix it with their steps.  This is what I have tried thus far in the last few months. 

  1. Used Open with in Windows 10 to make sure AI files defaulted to current Illustrator version
  2. Uninstalled/Reinstalled Adobe Creative Cloud
  3. Uninstalled/Reinstalled Adobe Illustrator
  4. When the 25.2.3 came out, I upgraded to that. I know I am not current yet. 
  5. Reset Illustrator Preferences and turned off some Preference settings per another post
  6. Uninstalled Affinity Designer just in case it was interfering
  7. Checked to make sure .AI association was correct in Control Panel to Illustrator. I even changed it to something else and then back to see if that would jump-start it. 
  8. Checked registry path for Adobe illustrator

 

For the life of me, I cannot figure out what else to do. So, I am throwing in the towel and putting it out there to see if there is something else that somebody might suggest.  Any suggestions I have not already tried are welcome.  Thanks in advance!

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021
Hi cutty3d, contact Adobe support and keep us updated 

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Jun 17, 2021 Jun 17, 2021

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Hi cutty3d,

we are sorry that you are experiencing problems with Adobe Illustrated. We thank you for sharing with us all the steps to try to solve this problem. I found a thread very similar to yours: Illustrator won't open files when double-clicked
In addition, I enclose the page to contact customer care: Adobe Customer Care

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Jun 17, 2021 Jun 17, 2021

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Thanks for the response. I read that thread too and tried all that was listed.  I guess I will have to contact Adobe support. Everytime I reset something, it takes me forever to get back to my preferred setup with menus, plugins, etc....especially when resetting preferences and such. I have not settings, scripts, actions, menus backed up, but I have not used the backup settings, to eliminate them being part of the issue.  I thought this would be an easy fix.  For now, it is File, Open on this device.  I have another laptop it works just fine on, so it is strange. 

 

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Hi cutty3d,

contact Adobe support and keep us updated 🙂

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