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Why does firefox open pdf automatically on some pages

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A weird one. I'm using Windows (7 or 8.1) and Firefox 40.0.3 – some setting must be screwed up.

When I click on some links on The Australian news website, it goes to that page, and automatically opens an associated PDF. This is a recent problem, on both my computers.

How can I stop this?

Thanks

A weird one. I'm using Windows (7 or 8.1) and Firefox 40.0.3 – some setting must be screwed up. When I click on some links on The Australian news website, it goes to that page, and automatically opens an associated PDF. This is a recent problem, on both my computers. How can I stop this? Thanks

Chosen solution

I found the answer on another forum. It's to set the PDF preference to preview in Firefox, as explained here - https://credoreference.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201757169-Firefox-Automatically-Downloads-Opens-PDFs

Cheers!

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FredMcD
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Type about:preferences#applications<enter> in the address bar. In the search box, type pdf At the far right, press the box and choose.

Type '''about:preferences#applications'''<enter> in the address bar. In the search box, type '''pdf''' At the far right, press the box and choose.

Question owner

Hi FredMcD, That just allows me to choose the default programme to open PDFs. It doesn't relate to why they open automatically on certain pages. Thanks

Hi FredMcD, That just allows me to choose the default programme to open PDFs. It doesn't relate to why they open automatically on certain pages. Thanks
FredMcD
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It might be the way the link is set up. Post a few below so we can check.

It might be the way the link is set up. Post a few below so we can check.

Question owner

It's an intermittent problem, depending on the page. At the moment I can only find one http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/malcolm-turnbull-tony-abbott-promises-no-wrecking-no-sniping/story-e6frg6nf-1227529241841

Oddly, it doesn't happen from my wife's laptop. It must be my synced Firefox setup.

It's an intermittent problem, depending on the page. At the moment I can only find one http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/malcolm-turnbull-tony-abbott-promises-no-wrecking-no-sniping/story-e6frg6nf-1227529241841 Oddly, it doesn't happen from my wife's laptop. It must be my synced Firefox setup.
jscher2000
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Well, I hit a paywall there.

When you're on such a page, if you press Ctrl+u to load the source viewer, does anything come up? If so, it's probably a PDF embedded in the page instead of being displayed "stand-alone" (in which case the download setting should apply).

Well, I hit a paywall there. When you're on such a page, if you press Ctrl+u to load the source viewer, does anything come up? If so, it's probably a PDF embedded in the page instead of being displayed "stand-alone" (in which case the download setting should apply).

Chosen Solution

I found the answer on another forum. It's to set the PDF preference to preview in Firefox, as explained here - https://credoreference.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201757169-Firefox-Automatically-Downloads-Opens-PDFs

Cheers!

I found the answer on another forum. It's to set the PDF preference to preview in Firefox, as explained here - https://credoreference.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201757169-Firefox-Automatically-Downloads-Opens-PDFs Cheers!
FredMcD
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That was very good work. Well Done.

That was very good work. Well Done.