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You can configure SlickEdit so that it will open a PDF file using your default PDF viewer. To do this, from the main menu, click Tools > Options > File Extension Setup. Click the New button, and enter "pdf" for the extension (leave Refer to blank). Click OK. Next, click the General tab, and select the option Use file association.

Now SlickEdit will use the application that the operating system associates with that extension to open all files of that type that are displayed in the Projects tool window.

I tried to configure SlickEdit to open PDF files with Adobe Acrobat, but SlickEdit continues to load them from within SlickEdit.  I am using SlickEdit version and I don't see the configuration option that this forum post talks about.  When I double-click on a PDF file from within the SlickEdit file manager, I want Adobe Acrobat to open that file.

It's now tools -> options -> languages -> file extension manager.  Click new, enter pdf for the extension, click ok.  Click the "use file association" checkbox so that it is "checked".

This is what I am doing:

Options --> Languages --> File Extension Manager --> Click on "New" button, type "pdf" in the Extension field, Select "Plain Text" in the Language field.

On the main window that opened, kept "Automatic" as Encoding; selected the "Use file association" checkbox and clicked on "Apply".  Restarted the application and double-clicked on a PDF file from within SlickEdit file manager.  This should have launched Adobe Acrobat since it's associated with the file of type PDF, but it did not work.  The file was opened within SlickEdit -- as if it's a plain text file.

I also tried another thing.  Within the File Extension Manager window, I unchecked the "Use file association" checkbox and instead typed "c:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1" in the "Open application with" field.  This did not work either, as the PDF file was again opened within the SlickEdit editor.

Is there a step that I am missing?  I am using version on Windows XP.  My PDF file association works from within Windows Explorer -- so file association is not the problem.

I think this is a bug.  I'll file a defect for it and look into fixing it.



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