Shortcut to PDF document won't work

  Charlie Babbage 20:27 31 May 2006

I've set up a shortcut to a PDF document on my desktop. However, when I click on the shortcut icon, I get the warning dialog box which states 'This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.'

I have gone to Start > Control Panel > Folder Options and clicked on the 'File Types' tab. Under 'Registered file types Extensions' is listed 'PDF Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Document' so I don't understand why the file won't open.

If I launch Adobe Acrobat first, I can then open the file but loose the convenience of the shortcut.

Any assistance given would be much appreciated. I'm running Windows XP Professional SP2.

  Hertz Van Rentyl 21:10 31 May 2006

If you right click on the shortcut on your desktop and click properties,it should show the path to your .pdf file
Example: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat7.0\xxxxxxx\xxxxxxx

  Hertz Van Rentyl 21:12 31 May 2006

How did you make the shortcut, if you use the "send to" function it should place a shortcut on the desktop that works.

  Gongoozler 21:14 31 May 2006

Hi Charlie Babbage. It certainly looks like you're doing the right thing. Right click on the shortcut and select "Properties" Then copy the "Target" file name and paste it here so we can see what it is without any risk of you inadvertantly changing it. Not that I expect to find anything wrong, but mistakes easily creep in.

  woodchip 21:28 31 May 2006

Can you open a PDF if you double click the file?

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  Charlie Babbage 09:10 01 Jun 2006

Hertz Van Rentyl

Yes, I did make the shortcut using the 'send to' function and that's why I'm puzzled it won't work


A specimen 'Target' file name is 'ReceivedFiles\NetObjects GettingStarted.pdf'


No, I can't open the PDF by double clicking the file name in the 'Received Files' folder. The only way to open the file is to launch Adobe, then File>Open

Any further ideas??

  woodchip 10:19 01 Jun 2006

As above I had this problem, that's why I changed to Foxit

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