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External Adobe Reader for pdf, not saved in settings
I'm using Firefox v32.0.2 (with Adobe Acrobat 126.96.36.199 Plug-in) on Windows 7 Enterprise SP1.
Using the Adobe plugin for very large pdf files results in a stalling browser, sometimes for minutes. Switching over to the external Adobe Reader in the mimetype settings works ok, but only for the current session. After restarting the browser, the setting for pdf files is back to the Adobe plugin.
Indeed, setting "Preview in Firefox","Always ask","Save file" is stored in mimetypes.rdf, but setting the external Adobe read is NOT.
By now my workaround consists of deactivating the Adobe Plugin; then pdf files are always opened with the external Reader.
But i would like to know how comes that setting external apps to read pdf files is NOT stored in the settings and therefore lost when restarting firefox. Anybody know why that is ? bug or feature ?
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In order to change the default reader for PDF files (to not open PDF files with Firefox's internal PDF reader), follow these steps:
- Click the menu button and click Options (for Linux and Mac Preferences) button.
- In the Options (for Linux and Mac Preferences) window, select the Applications tab.
- In the Search field, type PDF. You should find Portable Document Format (PDF).
- On the right hand side you should find an Action column. Use that to select your favorite PDF reader. In order to view PDF files in Firefox, choose Preview in Firefox.
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Selecting "Preview in Firefox" IS stored in the settings file and therefore kept in new sessions.
The built-in PDF-reader is OK for most pdf files, but does not cover every functionality like Adobes external reader does.
That's why i would like to use the Adobe reader and save that setting for good.
You can check the value of the plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types pref on the about:config page and remove the application/pdf part if present or reset the pref to the default via the right-click context menu if you want to display PDF documents in Firefox with another application (i.e. not the built-in PDF Viewer).