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

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 Cis the drive letter on which Internet Explorer is installed.

Status

This behavior is by design.
Properties

Article ID: 305836 - Last Review: Oct 23, 2008 - Revision: 1

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