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Command line parameters to open PDF

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    Windows 8.1

    Command line parameters to open PDF


    I need to determine if there are command line parameters or switches to pass to Window's PDF reader App that would allow me to open a PDF to a specific page. I have a x86 database application that allows me to run command line scripts. The user presses a button which then opens a PDF to a specific page depending on the button pressed. Since the PDF reader App does not use an exe, I am not sure how to do this. I know I can install Adobe Reader and use a command line like

    AcroRD32.exe /A "page=10" PDF file

    but I would rather use Window's PDF App. Does anyone know if this is possible? Thanks in advance.

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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    But will your target users have the same PDF App you want to use, same version of Windows? That's an extremely important consideration.
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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your reply Breton. Yes the user will have the same operating system Win8.1 and therefore the same PDF app. I am the database manager for a group of environmental researchers. I manage a number of Win8.1 tablets (all Dell Venue 8 Pro) so I can control what apps are loaded. I provide the field people with the tablets ready to use in the spring and then collect the data in the fall.
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    So load Adobe since you control that aspect then you're all set.
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Command line parameters to open PDF
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