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    IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    PDF viewing in IE 6.0

    When viewing or down loading PDF files in IE version 6.0.2800.1106.xpsp2
    the file is opened with my full version ADOBE Acrobat 5.0. Trying to close the PDF file will look up IE and eventually shut down IE. Removing and reinstalling Adobe Acrobat did not solve the Problem. Uninstalling Acrobat 5.0 and using Acrobat Reader 6.0 works fine. So far I was not successful to make only Acrobat Reader open PDF files from websites. How can I fix this?
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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    What do you mean by "only Acrobat Reader open PDF files from websites"? I haven't had any trouble opening PDF files with Acrobat Reader 6 and IE 6. In fact, there are sites where it launches the reader automatically. Could you be more specific about the problem you're experiencing? Have you checked the Adobe site for information?
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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    Acrobat has a difficult time when you install a Reader and the full program that are different versions. It simply does not like that.

    Be that as it may, this is all controlled in the registry. PERHAPS we can manipulate the registry so that IE will do what youl want. First, install all the programs as you what them to be. THEN, run the attached .vbs file for the "PDF" extension. Use PrntScrn and Paint to post the resulting image here. That's a start...
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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    As you know, one can in the windows environment specify what file extensions should be opened with what specific program. So, if I program that PDF files should only be opened with ACROBAT reader and not with Adobe Acrobat 5.0 it works in the windows environment but IE still will still only open with Acrobat 5.0.

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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    My first attempt to fix my problem was to separate the two programs by uninstalling the Acrobat Reader. It did not solve the problem. It stands to reason that this might be an Adobe problem and I will have to take this up with them. I am not in favor to

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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    I have had a similar problem with Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0-- never previous versions of the reader. I didn't realize their might be a newer version. It sometimes causes freezes and dimming out of an existing browser window, and always has have its CPU sucking process ended manually on the task bar even when I close it--or in other words it closes from the desk top but is still running in the background. Now that I know this, I always make sure to do that. It takes a minute and a half or longer to load.

    It does have a forced detect and repair from its help menu analagous to the one in Microsoft Word.

    Looking at it I noticed a select tool for copying text if 1) the document maker has set it up correctly and 2) intended permissions to copy.

    It has and Adobe has on line support forums of course.

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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    We just had this thread recently, and I just posted a cross-reference to it even more recently. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15> If I recall correctly, IE does not key off the file extension the same way as Windows Explorer. Instead, it checks the MIME type of the XYZ extension (e.g., text/xyz) and looks up how it should handle that MIME type. R2 undoubtedly recalls what I'm talking about here and can correct me if I'm wrong (and, perhaps more helpfully, fill in the details of the proposed fix).

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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    Exactly. IE does NOT use the "Associations" in the same way that Windows Explorer does. That single issue confuses many people -- so you are in good company.

    IE decides what program to open a file with by looking at the "MIME Content Type" for a given file extension. Then it may or may not consult the "Class Identifier" specified by the MIME Content Type. (It only gets more confusing...)

    If you take a second to run my file, I can at least demonstrate what we a talking about. Tweaking your system will be your choice -- however, there is no reason you could not return it to its previous configuration -- especially if you post your data here -- then it will be saved forever on the Internet! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 19-Nov-03 15:16. )</P>I forgot about this useful script. In case anyone is nervous running a VBS, you can get the same thing with the attached HTML version (which also should make it easier to copy and paste). The results for a "Reader 5 only" configuration are:

    The File Type is: AcroExch.Document

    The File Type Name is: Adobe Acrobat Document
    The Default Command is: Open (default)
    The Default Command Path is: "C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 5.0ReaderAcroRd32.exe" "%1"
    The Default Icon is: C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 5.0ReaderAcroRd32.exe,1
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The MIME Content Type is: application/pdf
    The MIME Extension is: .pdf
    The MIME CLSID value is: {CA8A9780-280D-11CF-A24D-444553540000}
    The MIME CLSID Name is:
    The MIME CLSID ProgID is: PDF.PdfCtrl.5
    The MIME CLSID InProcServer32 is: C:PROGRA~1AdobeACROBA~1.0ReaderActiveXpdf.ocx
    The MIME CLSID LocalServer32 is:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The File Type EditFlags are: ( no value )
    The File Type CLSID is: {B801CA65-A1FC-11D0-85AD-444553540000}
    The File Type CLSID ProgID is: AcroExch.Document
    The File Type CLSID LocalServer32 is: C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 5.0ReaderAcroRd32.exe
    The File Type CLSID InProcServer32 is:
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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    Thanks for the modification! One day I plan to actually to create a user interface and compile that... but the clock hands just seem to keep spinning by!

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    Re: IE and Adobe Acrobat (Home/Version 2002 SP1)

    I solicited the help of a friend, who is more computer savvy then I am, trying to interpret what you suggest in doing. No luck! I am sure that what you experts are suggesting is over our heads, but nevertheless we appreciate your efforts to solve this problem.

    I have posted this problem now in the Adobe forum and the Microsoft Browser Forum. No answer or help from any of them. So, as always, if everything else fails, dig in yourself:

    I checked one more time several variations of Adobe Acrobat and reader installations, using different software vintages. I had problems with IE locking up with every one of them.

    Then I had the wild idea that a PDF file could actually act similar to a Pup-Up. So I went after the pub-up blocker from www.endpopups.com. BINGO!!!! Disabling it solved the problem. I downloaded an update to the utility and now, also enabled- no more problems with PDF files and IE freezes.

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