How can my company, add to the web site, to open a particular program, wherever it is installed? RRS feed

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  • We have a website, we want to open Adobe when people click on a .pdf, but we will not know where they have it installed or what version they use. How can we deal with that? Currently, we point to a certain path to the .exe, but that works poorly.
    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:04 PM

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  • You can't.. 

    PDF is a formatted file, and is not bound to Adobe Reader, it is a file format, just like .doc, which can be opened in about 20 different applications, outside of MS Word. For instance, right now i don't have Adobe Reader on my machine, i use Foxit Pro, though there is also in windows 10 the build in reader in Edge, and on Chromebooks there is Google docs.. All of which use the same file extension, and open in different applications.. 

    You can however use Group policy to force your network to open a specific program when they click on a file type, or you can use Quest KACE 3rd party software to do the same thing.. 


    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:41 PM
  • Check in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs\Set Associations to see if .PDF is associated with Adobe Reader.  It should have been set the installer when you installed Adobe Reader.

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    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:20 PM
  • Try this MSDN link.


    Use to be MSDN/library/Web applications-Samples were easy to access..

    Thursday, March 22, 2018 1:56 AM
  • Hi,

    According to your description, you want to people who access your website open PDF file with Adobe.

    Please view the part Browser and browser-settings solutions in following link.

    Troubleshoot viewing PDF files on the web:


    Here is a link for your reference. It mentioned “Many recent browser versions include their own, native PDF plug-ins that automatically replace the Acrobat and Reader plug-in from Adobe.”

    Configure browser to use the Adobe PDF plug-in to open online PDF files:


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    And I think the problem is more related to website development. The methods in above links need people who access your website to set the settings.

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    • Edited by Vera Hu Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:53 AM
    • Proposed as answer by themanindbox Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:53 PM
    Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:53 AM
  • Hi, 

    How’s everything going? Please feel free to give me any update.

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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:33 AM