Opening compiled manuscript in Preview

Thanks for a wonderful application. My first exploration has been to import a half-drafted and half-outlined novel. It’s been a breeze and I feel much my ino of my writing process and navigation and editing are so easy. But I do have one question.

I’ve compiled the manuscript several times in learning about the new app. The first couple of times I elected to open it in Preview - and that was fine. I then did the same to create a PDF file launching Acrobat. Since then, I can’t open in Preview. Clicking the Preview option gives me a PDF file in Acrobat.

Have I overlooked the bleeding obvious?


Thanks for the kind words. It sounds as though you have somehow set Adobe Acrobat to the default PDF viewer on your system. What happens when you double-click on any PDF file in the Finder - do they all open in Acrobat?


Thanks, Keith.
All but 2 pdf documents had an Acrobat icon and all half-dozen or so I tried opened in Acrobat.
Of the 2 not identified as Acrobat docs, 1 opened in Preview, 1 opened in Acrobat.

Where do I set/unset Acrobat as the default pdf reader? I didn’t deliberately change setting between launching Preview every time and not being able to launch it at all.


The best way to do this is to find a PDF in Finder that has an Acrobat icon, right-click on it and select Get Info. In this palette, you should see an “Open with:” section. You might need to click the little arrow to reveal the details of the section. There will be a drop-down menu and from there you can select Preview. Now click the “Change All…” button below that and accept the warning box.

This will change most if not all assignments on your drive. The Mac is a little different than Windows in that each individual file can over-ride the system default. What you just did set the system default to Preview, but if any files are explicitly set to open in Acrobat, they will remain that way until you change them using the process above (sans the default over-ride, you only need to do that once). But this is why you have some files acting one way while others act another way.

Adobe probably made this change for you when you installed Acrobat. Send them a frustrated letter for being presumptuous if you want. :slight_smile:

Thanks Amber.
Works fine now.
Can’t understand why it hasn’t reared its ugly head before, overriding explicit choices for opening new pdf files. I had just found it was doing the same for other applications. Weird!

I’ve been a Mac user for 25 years; took me a little minute to translate ‘right-click’ but I got it. posting.php?mode=reply&f=2&t=7828#

Thanks for your kind help.


Or you could uninstall acrobat. Then it won’t be able to open your PDF files.