New subscriber Debi wrote with a question that was specific to a particular type of file and two applications (programs) that could open it. However, it could easily have been any other file type that is recognized by multiple programs, so this becomes an important concept:
I’m wondering how I can use either plain PDF sometimes rather than PDF Converter Professional. Is there a way to choose. Thanks!
I wrote back to Debi to say that, yes, it could easily be done, and that I assume she mean that she would like to use Adobe Reader occasionally to read PDF files instead of PDF Converter Professional.
First, you have to make sure that you have Adobe Reader installed. If not, you can download it from www.adobe.com . Pay attention – you don’t need to install any of the other software that is offered for automatic download or install.
I don’t use Adobe’s main download link. I like to use their option to see the versions for other operating systems, too. Then, I pick the one for Windows 7 64-bit. One advantage of this approach has been that the Windows versions downloaded from that list have not tried to get me to download or install other programs.
If both Adobe Reader and PDF Converter Professional are installed, the tricks are to use either Adobe Reader’s Open command or Windows Explorer right-click Context Menu.
If you already have the file downloaded to your computer, you can open Adobe Reader, File > Open, browser to locate the file, select it, and then click the Open button.
Or, open Windows Explorer, navigate to the file’s location, then Right-click on the filename. This will give you the Context Menu (which gives you only the options available at that time) and then select Open with…
In my case, the three options are Adobe Reader X, PDF Converter Professional, and Choose Default Program…
If I pick Choose Default Program, Windows identifies the options Adobe Reader X, PDF Converter Professional. It also gives me the option to browse to find a different program (installed on my computer) to open the file.
Notice that there’s a checkbox in this dialog box: "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file". That’s an easy way to change the default program for opening files.
By the way, if you don’t have Adobe Reader already installed, you can download it from Adobe.com. Of course, it will set itself as the default. You can use the above procedure to change the default back to PDF Converter Professional.
Debi wrote back to say:
Awe, Terry, I really didn’t think I would get a response….that was so sweet of you! Thanks so much. I am impressed with the response time too. WOW! Awesome! Thanks again! I just now saw your stuff on PC Pit Stop and joined your newsletters!
God bless you and thank you so much! I will delve into this as soon as my grandchildren leave today!