Why Won't a PDF File Open?


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The reason for a PDF file not to open on a computer can either be a problem with the PDF file itself, an issue with password protection or non-compliance with industry standards. It could also be an issue with the PDF reader being used, Acrobat or operating system settings.

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Why Won't a PDF File Open?
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PDF files cannot be opened when the files are damaged or corrupted internally. Password protection can also restrict a PDF file from opening, particularly if the password is unknown. In addition, some PDF file creators do not adhere to the standards that the majority of PDF readers and/or Acrobat expect, thereby causing the files they create not to be recognized by these programs. Lastly, a PDF file may not open correctly if the reader has not been updated, repaired or installed properly.

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