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Why do pdf files not open in firefox and display on screen?

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I am unable to view pdf files in firefox and have to default to Explorer. Why is this happening?

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This link shows you the settings that need to be checked - https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Opening+PDF+files+within+Firefox

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A few times a week

This started when...

Everytime you try an open a pdf file in firefox

Installed Plug-ins

  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
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  • Foxit Reader Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
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  • Google Update
  • Shockwave Flash 10.2 r152
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
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  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.2.13) Gecko/20101203 Firefox/3.6.13 ( .NET CLR 3.5.30729)

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TonyE
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This link shows you the settings that need to be checked - https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Opening+PDF+files+within+Firefox

the-edmeister
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That support article uses Adobe Reader as the example for settings. You have Foxit Reader Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape installed, so you're going to have to look for the preference to have the PDF displayed in the browser window in the FoxIt preferences.

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Thanks this helped - don't have adobe but the same pretty well applies to Foxit.

ranesbit 0 solutions 1 answers

I had this problem. I downloaded Foxit and went to Tools>Options>applications> and changed 4 adobe Acrobat(firefox) entries to point instead to ProgramFiles>Foxit>Foxit.exe The system finally works!

tangv3 0 solutions 1 answers

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I have had this problem in Firefox version 3. I updated to Firefox 4 and again I received a message that Adobe Acrobat could not be opened witthis browser. Howver, I went to "Opening PDF files in Firefox" in Firefox support. I followed the instructions under "Check Firefox settings". Iset the Action for Adobe Acrobat Document to "Use Adobe Reader 9.4 (default)" and IT WORKED.

liptakg@upstate.edu 0 solutions 1 answers

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I had the same problem, so I went into Tools / Options / Applications and changed from "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox) to "Use Adobe Acrobat 9.2" and it works fine. Hope that helps. Gainsay14

RedBracho 0 solutions 1 answers

I had the same problem, foxit has a new version of the plugin for Firefox 4. You just have to desintall and reinstall foxit reader, it worked for me.

MisanthropicScott 0 solutions 1 answers

I would like to tell firefox to download and open PDFs using Adobe instead of a plugin. Is there any way to do this?