Can't Open PDF Files

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by warburg, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. warburg macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    I just "upgraded" yesterday from a Power Mac G4 to a 17" MacPro. Among other adjustment problems, I can't open PDF files. The message I get is "You can't open the application Adobe Reader because it is not supported on this kind of Mac."

    I've tried downloading the latest version of Adoobe Reader, an although it seems to download, I can't find it.

    How do I deal with PDF files on a MacPro?
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Did you uninstall Preview? That's the default pdf-reader on OS X, and comes standard.
  3. warburg thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    I meant a 17" MacBook Pro. Thanks for the advice about Preview. I was able to open a PDF files using Preview, but although I kept it open, I was not able to do it again.
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If you have Preview and you're happy to use it, then set all PDFs to open with Preview by selecting a PDF file in Finder, Get Info on it by Menu>File>Get Info or key Command-I.

    Then about halfway down the panel that pops up, you'll see 'Open With'. Select Preview as the application and the 'Change All' button and that'll set all PDFs to open in Preview. For instance (but with Word):


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