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Open PDF Files Your Way on Windows

Multipurpose PDF defies the double-click, so make a right-click compromise. Impose your will on Internet Explorer or Mozilla with a registry hack.

In Windows, you double-click to open a PDF in the default viewer. But what if you have a couple of different Acrobat profiles from [Hack #5] ? Or maybe you want a quick way to open a PDF inside your web browser [Hack #9] ? Add these file-open options to the context menu that appears when you right-click a PDF file. You can even configure Windows to use one of these options when double-clicking a PDF file. Convincing web browsers to open PDFs your way takes a little more work.

Tip

Windows XP and 2000 offer a convenient way to open a PDF file using an alternative application. Right-click your PDF file and select Open With from the context menu. A submenu will open with a variety of alternatives. Your options might include Illustrator and Photoshop, for example.


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