Re: All my Illustrator files are showing as PDF!

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Feb 11, 2021 Feb 11, 2021

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I made the mistake of opening an ai file on my PC with Acrobat Pro and now all my icons have changed to PDFs, however I do not have illustrator on my PC so I can't switch the "opens with" to illustrator.  It only show software on my PC and items available in the microsoft app store.  Does anyone have a suggestion?

 

thank you,

Carole Turner

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Feb 11, 2021 Feb 11, 2021

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You could try downloading the trial of Illustrator to use to change them back but this will be only a temporary measure.

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@CarTurn1 wrote:

"now all my icons have changed to PDFs"

Carole Turner


 

Hi Carole,

When you say "all" your icons, do you mean all or just icons with the .ai extension? Or another extension?

 

If you don't have Illustrator installed, I can't think of any reason you would want any file to open with Illustrator. Which application do you want the files to open with?

 

I think I'm misunderstanding something. Please clarify.

 

~ Jane

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I have a mac and a PC side by side (for work).  Both work off the same servers and I have folders that are shared. For instance I receive in an ai file from a vendor and I move it into my transfer folder, work on it on my mac, then the ai and pdf are moved onto memory sticks or servers for storage. My PC is the primary computer I work on during the day.

 

I had some ai files yesterday that I wanted to look at quickly so I opened them with acrobat on my PC.  After that, when viewing the job folders on my PC, all the ai files adopted the PDF icon, so I'd have 2 files with the same names, both showing as PDFs but one was the ai file and one the PDF. (the folders view fine from my mac) 

 

I turned on file extensions on my PC so I can at least which is the ai, but I would like to be able to change the icon as well.

 

thank you,

Carole

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