Windows 10: Unable to change Default Apps by File Type

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  1.    23 Nov 2017 #11

    As pdf's open in IE11 rather than Edge, try taking a different tack- restore the default association:
    Restore Default File Type Associations in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    (find pdf).

    It might also be interesting to check the behaviour if you create a new user for test purposes.
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       23 Nov 2017 #12

    I did find something interesting out last night. If I open a document from the web that of the PDF it opens in IE 11 like I showed earlier in this thread but, if I open a PDF document that already stored on my computer it opens correctly. This leads me to believe that the problem lies somewhere in IE 11.

    This problem didn't exist until a couple of weeks ago.
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  3.    23 Nov 2017 #13

    So your problem is actually pdf hyperlinks, not files on your PC?

    You said
    The icon display for PDF files is the Adobe PDF icon like it normally is. All PDF open in IE 11.
    - which seems to mean pdf files open in IE.

    Two quick suggestions:
    - do you have a restore point that far back?
    - have you tried uninstalling IE and letting it reinstall?
    (E.g. via Control Panel, Programs and Features, Turn Windows Features On or Off)
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       23 Nov 2017 #14

    dalchina said: View Post
    So your problem is actually pdf hyperlinks, not files on your PC?

    You said

    - which seems to mean pdf files open in IE.

    Two quick suggestions:
    - do you have a restore point that far back?
    - have you tried uninstalling IE and letting it reinstall?
    (E.g. via Control Panel, Programs and Features, Turn Windows Features On or Off)
    Correct, PDF hyperlinks are wide open in IE 11, files I already have on my computer correctly on Adobe DC reader.

    Unfortunately, I do not have a restore point that far back. I had a system image that was from about 2 and half weeks ago and I tried it. It didn't correct the problem so I reverted to my present configuration again because the older image caused some problems with software I use frequently.

    I hadn't tried the uninstalling/reinstallation IE11 so I tried that and it didn't make any difference.
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       23 Nov 2017 #15

    MSRadell said: View Post
    Correct, PDF hyperlinks are wide open in IE 11, files I already have on my computer correctly on Adobe DC reader..
    When you click on a hyperlink to a pdf in IE you are actually running Adobe reader to view the pdf, but it's being displayed inside IE. This is an option within Adobe Reader itself. Open your Adobe Reader and edit its Internet Preferences.

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    If you untick this option, when you next click on a pdf hyperlink IE will offer you the choice of opening the pdf in Adobe Reader, or saving the pdf to your computer.

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       23 Nov 2017 #16

    I had looked for that action previously and my installation doesn't have it. I completely removed Adobe reader DC and reinstalled it and still don't have that option. When you go through accessibility set up there is an option to allow the opening of PDF documents in Internet Explorer so I uncheck that but the same thing still happens. I'm attaching a screenshot of the Internet set up options in my installation of Adobe.

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       23 Nov 2017 #17

    It's the way you are using the Browser it has been the same for some time.
    Just clicking on a PDF link will open it in IE 11, instead Right Click and Save Target as... which is what I usually do, then open the file as usual in Adobe Reader.
    If it does open in IE 11 then you can save the file, File > Save As... so does it does not really matter.

    Adobe Reader XI is my Default for the protocols and files it supports.
    I'm using the older version 11.0.23 which was recently updated. The option in post #15 is no more.

    They have changed to the Apps type settings rather than the more obvious Control Panel way. There are multiple Adobe Reader icons in mine all the same, something is not quite right. Give them some feedback on that.
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       24 Nov 2017 #18

    Helmut said: View Post
    It's the way you are using the Browser it has been the same for some time.
    Just clicking on a PDF link will open it in IE 11, instead Right Click and Save Target as... which is what I usually do, then open the file as usual in Adobe Reader.
    I've been opening PDF links the same way forever and they have never open like this! I realize I can right-click and save it as a target but it's a lot more work especially considering you have to then open the file. Maybe it's something get it to be changed in the last version that caused this to happen? Any idea where I can get a copy of the older version?
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       24 Nov 2017 #19

    MSRadell said: View Post
    Any idea where I can get a copy of the older version?
    According to Majorgeeks...
    Editor's Note:
    MajorGeeks is no longer offering the direct download of any Adobe products due to a threat of legal action from Adobe.
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/deta...be_reader.html

    ...so if you were to find any older downloads I wouldn't trust them!

    The only older version available direct from Adobe is Reader XI (my earlier screenshot was from Reader X) but Reader XI has the same 'missing web option' problem as your Reader DC.
    https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/i...x-windows.html

    However, there appears to be a way around it in IE (at least, for the Reader XI I've just tested). Open IE's 'Manage add-ons' and select 'Show: Run without permission'. Disable Adobe PDF Reader and you then get the choice of open/save when you click a pdf hyperlink.

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       24 Nov 2017 #20

    Unfortunately, I already have it disabled and have had it that way for a long time.
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