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How to stop power PDF from prompting users to set the default application via registry

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After deploying power PDF, a prompt appears asking the user if they wish to set the product as the default .pdf file handler in windows,

when you first launch the software.


how do we surpress this prompt in a network deployment when many users are involved?



Manually you can open power PDF and click on File -> Options -> General -> Misc -> Deselect the box next to  “Notify if Power PDF is not my default PDF application”

This will update the below registry key, and this can be collected and pushed out to the users in advance to preset this setting.


  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Kofax\PDF\Kofax Power PDF\Preference

"NotifyWhenSetDefaultView"=dword:00000000  -> Unchecked

"NotifyWhenSetDefaultView"=dword:00000001  -> Checked (default)


Level of Complexity 



Applies to  

Product Version Build Environment Hardware
Power PDF 4.x ADV Windows  
Power PDF 5.x ADV Windows  


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