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I have 2 PDF apps installed: Adobe Reader 9 and Foxit PDF Reader. For whatever reason, Foxit PDF Reader is the default PDF plugin for Internet Explorer.

How do I make Adobe Reader 9 to be the default PDF plugin (short of uninstalling Foxit or reinstalling Adobe Reader)?

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After trying various suggested methods, here is the only thing that actually worked:

  1. Control Panel
  2. Add/Remove Programs
  3. Locate Adobe Reader, click Change/Remove
  4. Select Repair

Magic, it worked. The PDFs in IE invoke the Adobe Reader plugin.

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Had you installed Foxit after installing Adobe? If so it'll be the last installed reader that overwrites the IE plugin information. That explains why a repair of Adobe fixed the problem. – ChrisF Jan 21 '10 at 12:13
@ChrisF Yes, that is probably the case. – AngryHacker Jan 22 '10 at 19:40

Only this works.

Disable Web Browser Integration.

  1. In Acrobat or Adobe Reader, choose Edit > Preferences > Internet.

  2. Deselect Display PDF in Browser, and then click OK.

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I don't think this answer really addresses the original question, but it helped me solve a different problem. – Dean Hill Nov 22 '12 at 15:40

Have you tried to right click a pdf file and change it's association (under properties)? I tested and it worked (I also have foxit and adobe, even though I prefer foxit).

right click > properties. The file properties window will appear. Choose the General tab. You'll see a field called "Opens with". Click the change button and select the program that you prefer. This instructions are based on a Windows XP OS.

You can also try to open IE, and under tools > manage add-ons verify whats configured and change it.

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Under what Properties? – AngryHacker Jan 20 '10 at 17:55

Check to see what program is associated with the .PDF file extension.

My Computer --> Tools --> Folder Options --> File Types tab --> Highlight the .PDF extension in the list and view which program opens it by default and change it if necessary.

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This is XP. Your method did not do the trick. – AngryHacker Jan 20 '10 at 19:33

Right click on the file you want to open - Choose "Open With" then select "Choose Default Program." Select Abode Reader, then select OK and you're done. Hope this helps

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Please read the question carefully. The question asks for a solution to set the default plugin and not default file association. – Power-Inside Dec 20 '12 at 6:47

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