Why do my PDF documents open in Word?

 tinman -

I can't figure out why my PDFs always get open in Word but not the Adobe program?

Does anyone have a quick answer?

Thank you so much!
System Configuration: Windows XP Internet Explorer 7.0

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  • Right-click on the document icon, go to Properties.
  • Under the General tab, go to Open with, click on the change button, choose the Adobe program (assuming you have it), click OK and Apply.

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You need to change the file association setting to point pdf to adobe

go to this Microsoft link:


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Go to https://get2.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/ to download a PDF reader then install on your computer.

Then right click the PDF files, propertise, click change in the right of open file with, choose Adobe Reader.

I am very confused why your PDF files can be opened as PDF format. I think it is wonderful because you can edit the PDF files on Word.
make sure your file extention is a *.pdf file and not a *.doc file...
I guess I have the same problem...but its default program is dwf viewer

I've tried some options
1) right click at .pdf file and change the open with...with reader
2) click properties and click change and select reader adobe
3) I uninstall adobe reader and install a new one...

BUT all is not working...please Help me out...
but right now I can only open the .pdf file when only I open adobe reader first and click on file--->open...
still I need a better way in opening my pdf file...I appreciate it if you all can help me.. thanks
Tools, Folder options, File Types. Find all that says PDF and remove them.

The go and find a PDF file and open it. It will ask to open with which program. Then just select adobe reader.