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Force pdfs to open in Acrobat and not IE? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have a 2012 R2 RDS and Acrobat 2017 is installed on it. When a user clicks a link in IE to a pdf it always opens in IE. I want every pdf on this server to open in Acrobat. I have already disabled the Acrobat reader add on in IE. I have checked this setting this on several user profiles. The add on shows as disabled but pdfs still open in IE when in a webpage. 

    Thanks for any help on this.


    • Edited by EllisDS Friday, January 24, 2020 1:02 AM spelling and add
    Friday, January 24, 2020 12:55 AM

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  • You can change the file type association here.

     

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Friday, January 24, 2020 3:15 AM
  • Hi,

    You could try to "Associate a file Type or protocol with a specific app" using GPO.

    1.Set the file associations the way you want
    2.Use DISM to export the configuration to an XML file
    3.Optionally, edit the exported file
    4.Place the file in a location accessible by the user.
    5.Enable a different GPO that specifies the XML file.

    Setting the Default PDF Viewer

    https://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AdminGuide/pdfviewer.html

    Regards,


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    Monday, January 27, 2020 2:57 AM
  • I've tried both solutions. It seems to work for an admin level user but not a non admin. This is a 2012 R2 remote desktop server.
    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:38 PM
  • Might give this one a go.

    https://4sysops.com/archives/default-file-associations-in-windows-10/

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:47 PM