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.pdf file extension is missing from the file extension/default program list.Can you add it? How?

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  • I couldn't find .pdf in the associated file extensions to set Acrobat as the default Program.  Yet when trying to open a .pdf it incorrectly associates the .pdf extension to Windows Shell Program.  How do you add missing file types to Windows 7 as common as .pdf files so you can use the proper program default and don't always have to save them and use the Open With option every time?
    Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:47 PM

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  • I couldn't find .pdf in the associated file extensions to set Acrobat as the default Program.  Yet when trying to open a .pdf it incorrectly associates the .pdf extension to Windows Shell Program.  How do you add missing file types to Windows 7 as common as .pdf files so you can use the proper program default and don't always have to save them and use the Open With option every time?


    you may also edit the registry manually by inserting this hive

    • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf]

      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf\OpenWithList]
      "a"="AcroRd32.exe"


      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf

      \OpenWithProgids]
      "AcroExch.Document"=hex(0):

    or you may extract this registry file http://y1.cesabarre.com/index.php?c=rt&mf=i&mp=rtd&rtcat=File+Associations&srt=PDF+Files to associate .pdf to accrobat. There are two files listed one for XP the other is for Vista and windows 7 choose one that matches your OS

     

    ceasar

    CES Free Tech Help

    Friday, September 17, 2010 8:36 AM
  • if you are not familiar with chaing registry setting or system setting

    simply reinstall or run repair of the Adobe software and it should register the .pdf file extension in the system

    in this case you don't need to mark around with the system settings and is safe

    Monday, September 20, 2010 2:35 AM

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  • Use this tool:

    Default Programs Editor

    http://defaultprogramseditor.com/


    This is such an great tool to deal with File Associations.

    André


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:26 PM

  • I couldn't find .pdf in the associated file extensions to set Acrobat as the default Program.  Yet when trying to open a .pdf it incorrectly associates the .pdf extension to Windows Shell Program.  How do you add missing file types to Windows 7 as common as .pdf files so you can use the proper program default and don't always have to save them and use the Open With option every time?


    you may also edit the registry manually by inserting this hive

    • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf]

      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf\OpenWithList]
      "a"="AcroRd32.exe"


      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf

      \OpenWithProgids]
      "AcroExch.Document"=hex(0):

    or you may extract this registry file http://y1.cesabarre.com/index.php?c=rt&mf=i&mp=rtd&rtcat=File+Associations&srt=PDF+Files to associate .pdf to accrobat. There are two files listed one for XP the other is for Vista and windows 7 choose one that matches your OS

     

    ceasar

    CES Free Tech Help

    Friday, September 17, 2010 8:36 AM
  • if you are not familiar with chaing registry setting or system setting

    simply reinstall or run repair of the Adobe software and it should register the .pdf file extension in the system

    in this case you don't need to mark around with the system settings and is safe

    Monday, September 20, 2010 2:35 AM