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How do you have firefox quantum open a pdf containing forms and form fields in a separate tab and not in adobe acrobat?

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I have pdf forms that in a previous version of firefox (52.5 esr) were able to open in a separate tab. There is a setting in the options under Applications i have tried changing but none of the setting changes bring about the desired result

I have pdf forms that in a previous version of firefox (52.5 esr) were able to open in a separate tab. There is a setting in the options under Applications i have tried changing but none of the setting changes bring about the desired result
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jscher2000
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The built-in viewer isn't brilliant at handling forms, so you may be better off handling them in Adobe Reader/Acrobat. But having one document open in the browser and another open externally doesn't help.

Can you provide a public link to the form? If a login is required or confidential information is involved, then please do not do that.

The "Portable Document Format (PDF)" setting on the Options page is applied to documents that websites identify with the content-type application/pdf -- if websites are using other Adobe-specific content types they may appear as separate lines in the box or they might be handled as generic downloads.

The built-in viewer isn't brilliant at handling forms, so you may be better off handling them in Adobe Reader/Acrobat. But having one document open in the browser and another open externally doesn't help. Can you provide a public link to the form? If a login is required or confidential information is involved, then please do not do that. The "Portable Document Format (PDF)" setting on the Options page is applied to documents that websites identify with the content-type '''application/pdf''' -- if websites are using other Adobe-specific content types they may appear as separate lines in the box or they might be handled as generic downloads.
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Ok thank you! PDF forms without fields needed to be entered do open inside firefox. It is the forms that include fields to be entered that open outside of firefox that is the main issue. It seems odd because I assumed that the setting would handle both the same

Ok thank you! PDF forms without fields needed to be entered do open inside firefox. It is the forms that include fields to be entered that open outside of firefox that is the main issue. It seems odd because I assumed that the setting would handle both the same
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Is there a way to handle them in firefox even though it is not ideal?

Is there a way to handle them in firefox even though it is not ideal?
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jscher2000
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If you check the Applications section of the Options page, are there any "Adobe" or "Acrobat" entries that might need to be revised to point to Adobe Reader/Acrobat? You can check that here:

  • Windows: "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Options
  • Mac: "3-bar" menu button (or Firefox menu) > Preferences
  • Linux: "3-bar" menu button (or Edit menu) > Preferences
  • Any system: type or paste about:preferences into the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it

Scroll down to the Applications section and review the items in the box for PDF-related entries other than Portable Document Format (PDF). Anything?

If you check the Applications section of the Options page, are there any "Adobe" or "Acrobat" entries that might need to be revised to point to Adobe Reader/Acrobat? You can check that here: * Windows: "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Options * Mac: "3-bar" menu button (or Firefox menu) > Preferences * Linux: "3-bar" menu button (or Edit menu) > Preferences * Any system: type or paste '''about:preferences''' into the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it Scroll down to the Applications section and review the items in the box for PDF-related entries ''other than'' Portable Document Format (PDF). Anything?
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Other than PDF? Nope. I lost the Preview in Firefox action which is strange

Other than PDF? Nope. I lost the Preview in Firefox action which is strange
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jscher2000
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I'm only aware of one way to hide "Preview in Firefox." Could you check this:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful or accepting the risk.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste pdf and pause while the list is filtered

(3) If the pdfjs.disabled preference is bolded and "modified" or "user set" to true, double-click it to restore the default value of false

I'm only aware of one way to hide "Preview in Firefox." Could you check this: (1) In a new tab, type or paste '''about:config''' in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful or accepting the risk. (2) In the search box above the list, type or paste '''pdf''' and pause while the list is filtered (3) If the '''pdfjs.disabled''' preference is bolded and "modified" or "user set" to true, double-click it to restore the default value of false
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