All my PDF files suddenly become Chrome HTML Document! Why?

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Tianxiang Weng

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May 28, 2021, 11:16:26 AM5/28/21
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Hi,
Overnight all my PDF files suddenly become Chrome HTML Document! Why?

Are there some new things happening with Adobe policy on their free Read DC software yesterday?

Thank you.

Weng

Craig Ruff

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May 28, 2021, 7:13:51 PM5/28/21
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In article <0840cd10-be31-440e...@googlegroups.com>,
Did you install a Chrome update and it took ownership of PDF format
files? The browsers all tend to have built in PDF viewers now. I expect
that you can tell your OS that you prefer to use Adobel as the PDF viewer.

Tianxiang Weng

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May 29, 2021, 3:06:51 AM5/29/21
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Craig Ruff,

> Did you install a Chrome update?
Chrome gets its update automatically and I don't have its control.

I found the reason that Chrome browser refreshed the read app attribute for all PDF files using Chrome Browser. See how to change pdf reading app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHh8rK76bFs

After I changed it back to the Adobe app and all icons for pdf files returned to normal.

Thank you.

Weng

asra asbollah

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Oct 2, 2021, 12:40:00 PM10/2/21
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Hi, how to change it back?
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Tijana Vujasinovic

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Nov 25, 2021, 10:38:54 AM11/25/21
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Dear Weng,
Same thing happened to me also. Could you please share the method how you changed back viewing docs as pdf? (video link you shared says its private and could not access)
Many thanks!
All the best,
Tijana

KJ

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Nov 27, 2021, 10:51:33 AM11/27/21
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> Dear Weng,
> Same thing happened to me also. Could you please share the method how you changed back viewing docs as pdf? (video link you shared says its private and could not access)
> Many thanks!
> All the best,
> Tijana

You probably just need to right click on any PDF file, then select 'Open With' then 'Choose another app' which will bring up a list of programs. Select the viewer you want and check the 'Always use this app to open .PDF files' checkbox.

Kevin Jennings

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Nov 29, 2021, 11:10:33 AM11/29/21
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A new machine seems to default to making various MS apps the default if you give it half a chance. I do exactly the above to fix the issue when found. You can also go into a settings dialog and address all of the file types at once. That's what I had to do for LibreOffice to get the umptynine file types away from MS office and Edge.

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brenda Carlin

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Dec 29, 2021, 6:58:05 PM12/29/21
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Thanks!!! This worked easy

Cindi Wilson

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Jan 6, 2022, 9:13:01 AMJan 6
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Kevin Jennings - Thanks!! Your solution worked perfectly. Best, Cindi

Catherine Dulany DiBenedetto

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Jan 26, 2022, 9:51:37 PMJan 26
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Hello,

I tried to open an attached document on an email ("open with...") using Google Sheets and it changed every pdf document on my computer to the google chrome as well. (Actually, it was my husband's computer and he's not happy). I found this site and it sounds like what happened to us. I can see how to change just one document, but I am not sure about getting into the "settings" to change all of the documents back to pdf's. Can you please walk me through it again? I don't see the "always use this app to open" when I right click on a file. Please help!

Thank you
Catherine

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Jan 27, 2022, 5:56:17 PMJan 27
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I don't think you can change it for just one file. It is a setting that uses the suffix, the .xxx part and applies to every file with that suffix.

Open Windows file explorer and right click a PDF file, select "properties". Make sure the "general" tab is selected and at the top of that tab you will see "Opens with" and a button, "Change...". Click the button. Now find the program you use by default to view PDF files. If it is not shown, click "more apps". If it is still not shown click "look for another app on this PC". When you find the app select it and click OK. In the properties window click "Apply". That should do it!

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Mrs Higgins

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Feb 2, 2022, 7:05:13 PMFeb 2
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Thank you SO much this has worked :-)

lars kirk

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Feb 6, 2022, 10:07:21 AMFeb 6
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Thank you Kevin - that is the answer

William Wasonga

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May 28, 2022, 1:02:38 AMMay 28
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Thanks, Kevin it helped me.

Barbara Lance

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Jun 5, 2022, 11:50:38 AMJun 5
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This doesn't work for me. When I follow the steps outlined above, Type of file is "Chrome HTML Document (.pdf)", and Opens with says "Adobe Acrobat DC" already. There's nothing to change.
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