Open PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Pro (not Adobe Reader)

Joseph Knight -

Several users have the Pro version of Adobe Acrobat installed on their computers, but when PDF documents are opened they display in Adobe Reader instead of Adobe Acrobat. The process below will walk you through setting Adobe Acrobat, if installed, as the default PDF application on your computer. 

Approval is required to have the Pro version of Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer. If you already have the Pro version installed and your PDFs are displaying in Adobe Reader, please see below to correct the issue.

The most simple way to tell if PDFs are opening in Adobe Reader is to look at the file name in the top left corner of the window after opening a PDF document.


You can change the default program that opens the PDF by right-clicking on ANY PDF document icon, select Open with and then select Choose default program



Next, you can select to always open with Adobe Acrobat to enable editing every time you open a PDF

Click the OK button and open a PDF file to ensure that it opens in Adobe Acrobat.


If you experience problems with changing your default PDF application, please report the issue to the NAM Help Desk using one of the contact methods below:

Create a ticket - Click HERE
Send an e-mail - Click HERE
Call 410-309-0200 and ask to be transferred to the Help Desk


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