How to Solve Adobe Acrobat “File Does Not Begin with ‘%PDF-‘” Error

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    October 16th, 2018
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    September 8, 2022
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Portable document format(PDF) is a commonplace for users for reading, writing and exchanging any kind of information over the internet. Many organizations save their data in the form of PDF format. However, sometimes you might face face several types of errors while opening a PDF file. For example: Whenever you try to open a PDF file then you received by an email attachments, a error message popup saying “File Does Not Begin with ‘%PDF-‘”. And do not know, what’s the reason behind such error so that you can solve it.

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There can be various reasons that causes this error message to popup. In this blog, we will discuss all the possible roots to arise this issue with the manual and automated way to repair corrupted PDF file in a hassle free way.

Cause Error “File Does Not Begin with ‘%PDF-‘”

Error is an interruption that can be generated due to some fault in a system or in a particular file that you are trying to open. There can be various reasons behind a error message that help you solve your problem.

  • Improper downloading of PDF files that may damage a document file caused due some network problem in internet connection, incomplete download of a file, and may more.
  • Virus or Malware attacks on a PDF document can infect file, results in file or content damage. As a consequence, you face a error message saying unable to open a file or an error is encountered.
  • PDF have a feature to restrict user from editing, opening, printing, copying, if you try to changes in Permission settings then there is the chance that error is generated.
  • File damage or corruption can also be one the reasons to receive errors in PDF file. However, when you try s to open the damaged there is a error saying file does dot begin with PDF.
  • An incompatible settings in Adobe Acrobat/Acrobat Reader X versions that allow to enable options to display PDF in Browser. This may result in error message, when tries to open PDF document in browser.

Resolve the Error by the Manual Approach

In order to solve you can disable the “Display PDF in browser” from the Adobe Acrobat preferences, then follow the steps mentioned below:

1. Before stepping down into the process please make sure that file is of .pdf format.

2. Open the Adobe Reader directly rather than running it from the web browser.

3. From the Edit Menu of the Reader; choose Preferences

4. Lastly, uncheck the Display PDF in Browser option in the Internet Settings Group/panel

However, the above explained approach does not guarantees you to solve or fix Adobe error “File does not begin with ‘%PDF-‘”. So, here I want to recommend you to SysInfoTools PDF File Repair software. This software helps you to resolve this or any PDF error quickly, builtin with a simple and easy to use interface. Moreover, it does not alter the data in PDF files, information remains safe and secure.

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In this Present time PDF is known to be the most secured document file to read and write information. However, sometimes users may stuck in with file failure that interrupts it from opening and gives a message saying “File Does Not Begin with ‘%PDF-‘”. In this particular article, we have discussed various reasons that may cause such issue, with manual and third party solution to fix the error.

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