Web Design, Programming, and Business

How to associate PDFs with Adobe Acrobat in Dreamweaver

It’s sometimes useful to view PDFs you have on a website and it’d be so much easier to be able to simply double-click on them within Dreamweaver.

Dreamweaver will give you this message when you try to open it: Can’t find a valid editor for this file extension.
Here’s how you take care of that:

  1. Go into the Dreamweaver Preferences (From the top nav, Edit->Preferences)
  2. Click on File Types / Editors
  3. You’ll see 2 panes, one with Extensions and one with Editors. Above the Extensions pane, click on the ‘+’ button. Enter ‘.pdf’ (without quotes).
  4. Highlight .pdf
  5. Click on the ‘+’ button above the Editors pane.
  6. A file browser window will appear. Track down acrobat.exe and select it. For me, and most Windows users, it will be at c:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 9.0AcrobatAcrobat.exe
  7. (Please note that if you’re using a different version of Acrobat that your folder name will be different).
  8. Click on OK. You’re done.

You can follow this same procedure for other file types as well, such as Word documents for example.

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Aaron Day

Professionally building websites since 2002, I've worked at Microsoft, multiple agencies, and a few web design businesses of my own. I've been an owner of Thrive Web Designs since 2015. I've taught classes, run design groups and even ran a benefit auction for 4 years in my free time. I love sharing and giving back to the web/creative community. Read more...

By Aaron Day
Web Design, Programming, and Business

Meet Aaron Day

Professionally building websites since 2002, I've worked at Microsoft, multiple agencies, and a few web design businesses of my own. I've been an owner of Thrive Web Designs since 2015. I've taught classes, run design groups and even ran a benefit auction for 4 years in my free time. I love sharing and giving back to the web/creative community. Read more...

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