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Got an attachment in my email and can't read it

When i try to open it with adobe it says "this program cannot display the page", then it says most likely problems, and then different things I can try. i have had adobe before and it has worked before but now i cannot open this file and i really need to read it.

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Re: got an attachment in my email and can't read it

Uninstall the old adobe reader and download and install a new one. you can get it here
hope this solve.

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

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I got HP Pavilion Slimline s5310fPC computer. My problem is I cannot read the PDF Files from my emails. Will you please guide me or walk me how to load the free ADOBE program just to access and read the...

Go to click on downloads at the very top of the web page. On the next screen, on the far right side and near the top, you will see "Readers and Players," right below that, select Get Adobe Reader. On the next screen you will see a check box, if it is checked you will download the Google Toolbar along with the adobe reader, Check or Uncheck it (it's all about your preference, the toolbar is not necessary though) now select Download Now, it's at the bottom of the page and the bar is Yellow. Follow the steps on the following screen. Your download and Install will proceed on it's own.

Dec 13, 2010 | PC Desktops


How to avoid viruses in Emails.

Dealing with the ever-growing onslaught of spam is bad enough, but our Inboxes are also under siege from another threat: viruses and Trojan horse programs disguised as legitimate message attachments, often from someone you know. When you open the attachment, the virus infects your computer, and then, behind the scenes, it uses Outlook to send virus laden messages to people in your Contacts folder.
You can avoid getting infected by one of these viruses by implementing a few commonsense procedures:
· Never open an attachment that comes from someone you don’t know.
· Even if you know the sender, if the attachment isn’t something you expect to receive, assume the sender’s system is infected. Write back and confirm that the sender sent the message.

Some viruses come packaged as scripts that are hidden within messages that use the HTML format. This means that the virus can run as soon as you view the message! If a message looks suspicious, don’t open it, just delete it. (Note that you need to turn off Outlook Reading pane before deleting the message. Otherwise, when you highlight the message, it displays in the Reading pane and sets off the virus. Select View>> Reading Pane>> Off.)
Install a top-of-the-line antivirus program, particularly one that checks incoming email. Also be sure to keep your antivirus program’s virus list up-to-date.
In addition to these general procedures, Outlook also comes with its own set of virus-protection features. For example, Outlook automatically disables certain types of attachments, such as executable files. However, if you want to ratchet up the security level in Outlook, you need to switch to a diet of plain text. That is, you need to tell Outlook to ignore HTML and Rich Text formatting and, instead, display all your messages using text with no special fonts, colors, HTML tags, images, backgrounds, or sounds: just simple, unadorned text where no virus or other malicious content can hide. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Choose Tools, Trust Center to open the Trust Center dialog box.
2. Click E-mail Security.
3. Click to activate the Read All Standard Mail in Plain Text check box.
4. Click OK.

When you receive an HTML or rich text message, Outlook converts the message to plain text when you view it either in the Reading pane or in its own window. The Information pane also includes the following message:

“This message was converted to plain text.”

on Jul 21, 2010 | PC Desktops

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When I open an attachment-pdf for instance. or any attachment for that matter. The windows media player opens, with an error message saying it cannot open this type file. is this an adobe reader problem

Sounds like your files are not assigned to the correct program.

Open Windows Explorer and find a pdf file.

Right click on it and choose Open With...

Select Adobe Reader and check the box at the bottom that says:

Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.

Click OK.

All pdf files should then open in Adobe.

You can do the same with any other type of file by choosing the program you want to open it with.

Thanks for using Fixya.

Mar 31, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Email attachment

you have to clean your hard drive using norton partition magic 8.0

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When user opens email attachements in adobe anything with numbers is blacked out when it opens.

did you check any of the security settings that adobe or the e-mail program might have. I'm thinking since it sees adobe as a printer it might be doing this for security purposes

Dec 30, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Encoded email

Hi Charlie,

Yes, you cannot just open a .pdf file (Adobe format) by opening it as a text file. It will look like a bunch of strange characters if you try to open it on Notepad or Word.

Did you reboot your computer after installing Adobe Acrobat Reader? After installation any .pdf files will be opened automatically by Adobe Reader, but only after your computer is restarted.

Also, if you look in your email on the list of files attached, the file should have a name ending in .pdf. That's how the system recognizes it as an Adobe Acrobat file. If it doesn't have the correct extension, you'll need to save it and change the file type. The way you do that depends on which Windows you have an if you're hiding the extension type (which is the default setting).

Worstcase, you can just have your friend open it and print it for you.

By the way, I wish you hadn't rated my answer as "Inappropriate". I got a score of 40/100 instead of 70/100 for a "Thanks for Trying"... :-( Anyway, hope that helps you out.


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I have windows Vista and loaded the newest Adobe Reader, but my computer will not open .pdf files that are sent attached to an email. I have uninstalled Reader and reinstalled it twice, to no avail. Any...

Do you get a dialog box saying that the file can't be opened? and down the bottom is a button with which you can select a program to open the file with?

If yes, click on this - Acrobat may not be listed (hence the problem). There should be a Browse button, click on this an work youur way to C:\Programs\Adobe\Acrobat (or some such naming) enter the Acrobat folder and find the Acrobat EXE file - click on this and say yes to all the prompts on your way out. This will now associate Acrobat with PDF files.

Hope this works.

Apr 23, 2008 | PC Desktops

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How can i get the text to be read out loud?

First you have to specify, which program you are using ! Adobe Acrobat, MS Word or any other program ?

  • Adobe acrobat: On your Menu, select or click "view" and select the "read-out-loud" option from the menu, then, in the next pull-down menu that appears, select your optioon to read the whole document, or only the page.
  • General WindowsGo to start, click on run, then type in narrator. Make configurations that you need in the little narrator window. This program should read most Windows appliances. To configure your narrator, navigate to your control panels to the "Speech" control panel. Open it and configure the speed and the output audio device.
  • If you use WinWord, you can easy copy-paste your text into notepad to read the text-out-loud
Kind Regards,

Apr 19, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Opening downloads on emails

all you need to know is the file extension of the file you downloaded. there are some common file extensions when attaching to the email . pdf , doc, if pictures the JPG,PNG, BMP, and many more. however if u have an office application program (Microsoft office,open office) all office files will be opened but if the file extension is PDF you must download and install the PDF reader. you can download it here
Take note! Any other files which you don't whose the sender and the extension files is not on office application program not pdf or picture files maybe can harm your system so be sure to know the files.

Dec 11, 2007 | PC Desktops

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