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Every time I do a pdf build, TeXnic center opens my Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (version 2019.010.20098), but does not actually open the document in the Reader; I have to do that manually from the File menu or from recently opened files. If my reader is already open, then TeXnic center does not build the file at all, but runs into a fatal error when I try to build. Worst of all, after each successful build, TeXnic center completely freezes for something like two full minutes, finally popping up an error message (see attached image).

Error message from TeXnic center after each successful build: "Cannot execute the command"

Here is a picture from my TeXnic Center settings that might also be helpful to see:

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This is extremely frustrating, and I would be grateful if anyone can help me troubleshoot this problem. If there is more information I need to provide, please just let me know. Thanks in advance for any help anyone is able to offer.

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  • it is a well known feature of reader that it locks the file and prevents any program updating it, if you use more or less any other pdf viewer the issue will not occur. – David Carlisle Mar 2 at 17:55
  • Is there one you would recommend in particular? I once had an office mate in grad school who worked around that problem by having TeXnic center first issue a command to close the Adobe reader, and then reopen it, but I can't remember how she did it. – G Tony Jacobs Mar 2 at 17:56
  • Either way, that issue is the smallest part of the problem. What really bothers me is having to wait 2 or 3 minutes after each build before I can do any more editing! – G Tony Jacobs Mar 2 at 17:59
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    I can recommend SumatraPDF; it's free, fast and is working perfectly together with TeXnicCenter. – AndiW Mar 2 at 17:59
  • Well, maybe switching viewers will resolve the other problem, too. Does it get along with Windows 10? – G Tony Jacobs Mar 2 at 18:00

Have the same problem popping up occasionally after an update to the adobe reader. What helps sometimes is to update these enter image description here

To match the version of your adobe acrobat reader

  • Interesting. Is it just a matter of adding "R19", or do I need to worry about the full version number? – G Tony Jacobs Mar 2 at 18:01
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    Expect this to happen again in a few months :D – sheß Mar 2 at 18:05
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    Of course. So excited I almost forgot :) – G Tony Jacobs Mar 2 at 18:09
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    can confirm that this in fact helps. upvoted and added to favorites... – der bender Mar 2 at 18:13
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    NOTE AcroviewR19 is for "Reader versions" and after the 2020 update this year will become AcroviewR20 For those using a full version (3D standard Pro DC etc.) its now AcroviewA19 and of course will change to AcroviewA20 during the course of this year – KJO Mar 2 at 23:23

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