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29 Aug 2010  

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
Can't change a PDF document while previewing in Windows Explorer

Chalk this one up on the list of inane annoyances.

Whenever a PDF document is selected in Windows Explorer, the document is being Previewed, I am unable to make specific changes to that document when I open it in either Acrobat Pro or Foxit.

The specific changes include: note annotations, adding lines, objects, text boxes, call out boxes, images.

For some reason, highlighting doesn't produce the same error (weird?)

Preview seems to be stealing the permissions to save a file because i guess it is accessing the file too.

The error is:

The document could not be saved. The file may be

read-only, or opened by another user, please save

the document with a different name or in a

different folder
The solution is to de-select the document from Explorer and then save the file. However, this is extremely irritating. I select the document in Explorer before I open it, so of course the file is still selected! In order to get around this, I have to manually de-select any file that I want to save, OR turn off Preview.

Any workaround for this so that Preview doesn't take over when I want to make changes to a file?
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