How do I change the default pdf reader in safari from preview to acrobat?

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  1. dustybob macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2010
    I'm trying to change the default program that opens PDF files in safari from preview to Adobe acrobat reader. I'm trying to do this because I prepare taxes and preview doesn't seem to fill in fields properly on forms such as

    In Adobe reader->Preferences->internet Display PDF in browser using Adobe Reader (9.3.1) is checked and beyond this I'm not sure what to do to change from preview to reader. Any help or suggestions is appreciated. Thank you
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    "Get Info" (Command + I) on a PDF and scroll down to "Open With." Choose Adobe and click "Change All."

    oh, never mind. You want it in Safari. reading >> me.
  3. dustybob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2010
    I did look at

    but the AdobePDFViewer.plugin does seem to be installed to the Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder properly but safari still uses preview as default .
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I believe you have to open Reader and then go into preferences. There's a check box in there to make reader the default browser pdf viewer. Or at least there used to be.
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    As I understood those directions, it's not enough to just have it in the plugins folder. Adobe changes some settings somewhere, also. That's why it walks you through that (laborious) uninstall/install process. Not sure if there's an easier way or not.
  6. dustybob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2010
    I have already tried the uninstall/install process outlined in the

    and unless I'm missing something it doesn't seem to change anything.

    As far as the check box to make reader the default browser goes, the only one i know of is the i mentioned in my original post located at Adobe reader->Preferences->internet and it is checked.

    Thanks all for the replies to my post.
  7. youds macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Why bother, Adobe Reader's plugin is slow and unresponsive and when it does finally load the text in the "Search Document" is not as complete as Preview.:confused:
  8. JustinVM macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2010
    compile an applescript droplet

    compile this applescript as an application droplet and drag and drop all your .pdf files on it.

    on run
    tell me to display dialog "Please don't click on me." & return & "I'm an AppleScript droplet." & return & "Only drag and drop PDF files on me." buttons {"OK"} ¬
    default button 1 cancel button "OK" with icon stop
    end run

    property fileType : "PDF "
    property creatorType : "CARO"
    on open (theList)
    tell application "Finder"
    repeat with theItem in theList
    set file type of theItem to fileType
    set creator type of theItem to creatorType
    end repeat
    end tell
    end open

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