Adobe Acrobat does not open .PDF files in the same window with the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer

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SYMPTOMS

When you open an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file by using the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 6, Acrobat opens the .pdf file in a new window.

CAUSE

This behavior occurs because Acrobat installs a 32-bit ActiveX control (pdf.ocx) that enables Acrobat to open .pdf files within the Internet Explorer interface. The 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 6 does not support 32-bit ActiveX controls.

RESOLUTION

To have Acrobat .pdf files open in the same Internet Explorer window, use the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer. To open the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer, use either of the following methods:

Method 1

Click Start, click Programs, and then click Internet Explorer (32-Bit).

Method 2

Click Start, click Run, and then type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
Where C is the drive letter on which Internet Explorer is installed.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

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Article ID: 305836 - Last Review: January 31, 2007 - Revision: 4.6
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003 IA64
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows Advanced Server, Limited Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
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