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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 suggestions?

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I would try downloading the .pdf file from the e-mail and save it to your computer BEFORE you open it. Then, right-click on the file and select properties. Just double check the extension to make sure that it is still a .pdf file.

When it is transferred over e-mail, your e-mail program may be changing a part of the file.

The other thing might be that it is not associated with adobe reader, but reinstalling usually does the trick.

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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.

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