PDF Documents Opening in FireFox

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

In the past, my PDF documents could be saved and stored in a Word folder. Now, my PDF documents have a firefox icon, open on an online page, and save to my word documents ready to return to the internet. What’s going on? Am I in the cloud and don’t know it? Why are my PDF documents opening the internet when I want to read them?

Sincerely, Joy

Dear Joy,

Although I can’t tell for sure without looking at your computer, it sounds like your file association for .pdf files has been changed to open in FireFox instead of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

There are a couple of ways you can fix this.

The easiest way might be to go to www.adobe.com and download and re-install Adobe Acrobat Reader. Re-installing the program should reset the file association and all .pdf files will once again open in Adobe.

The other way is to reset the file association in Windows. You didn’t mention which version of Windows you are using, but this should work for Windows 7 and 8:

1. Open the Control Panel, click on “Programs” then click on “Default Programs” and “Set Associations”.

2. You will see a list of file types. Scroll down until you find your .pdf listed and double click on it.

3. You will see a list of programs, select the one you want to use to open .pdf files in the future.



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Elizabeth Boston is a Web designer, Social Media Consultant and managing editor of, “Ask The Computer Lady”.
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