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How to disable the built-in PDF viewer and use another viewer

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I want to open PDF files in Acrobat Reader as it does in Explorer and earlier in Firefox. There is a support message about this issue but it is not applicable to me (wrong version?) When I go to Tools I can chose Plug in modules but there is no entry PDF. There is an entry Acrobat Reader but when I press Settings there is nothing to change.

My basic problem is that I can not save PDF-files as PDF when the are read inte Firefox.

(I have no idea whether the trobleshooting info below is correct, I used the automatic feature)

I want to open PDF files in Acrobat Reader as it does in Explorer and earlier in Firefox. There is a support message about this issue but it is not applicable to me (wrong version?) When I go to Tools I can chose Plug in modules but there is no entry PDF. There is an entry Acrobat Reader but when I press Settings there is nothing to change. My basic problem is that I can not save PDF-files as PDF when the are read inte Firefox. (I have no idea whether the trobleshooting info below is correct, I used the automatic feature)

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.6 r602
  • GEPlugin
  • Google Update
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.6
  • McAfee MSS+ NPAPI Plugin
  • Unity Player 4.0.1f2
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_37 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Nexus Personal Plug-Ins
  • Winamp Application Detector
  • Google Updater pluginhttp://pack.google.com/
  • Picasa plugin
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5
  • npdnu
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  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • 6.0.12.46
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin

Application

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Extensions

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  • RealPlayer Browser Record Plugin 1.0 ({ABDE892B-13A8-4d1b-88E6-365A6E755758}) (Inactive)

Javascript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Graphics

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  • windowLayerManagerType: Basic

Modified Preferences

  • accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar: 0
  • browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value: 276480
  • browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 4
  • browser.startup.homepage: https://www.google.se/
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20130307023931
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 19.0.2
  • browser.tabs.warnOnClose: False
  • dom.disable_open_during_load: False
  • dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.np_prsnl.dll: False
  • dom.mozApps.used: True
  • extensions.lastAppVersion: 19.0.2
  • network.cookie.prefsMigrated: True
  • places.database.lastMaintenance: 1365796720
  • places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 22460
  • plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: application/pdf
  • privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: True
  • security.warn_viewing_mixed: False

Misc

  • User JS: No
  • Accessibility: No
philipp
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Helpful Reply

hello gunnar, you can change that in the firefox/tools > options > applications menu - for more details please refer to How to disable the built-in PDF viewer and use another viewer

hello gunnar, you can change that in the firefox/tools > options > applications menu - for more details please refer to [[How to disable the built-in PDF viewer and use another viewer]]
cor-el
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You can change the action for Portable Document Format (PDF) from Preview in Firefox to use the Adobe Reader or set to Always Ask in "Firefox > Options/Preferences > Applications".

You can set the pdfjs.disabled pref to true on the about:config page to disable the build-in PDF viewer.

You can also check the value of the plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types pref and remove the application/pdf part if present.

See also:

You can change the action for Portable Document Format (PDF) from Preview in Firefox to use the Adobe Reader or set to Always Ask in "Firefox > Options/Preferences > Applications". You can set the pdfjs.disabled pref to true on the <b>about:config</b> page to disable the build-in PDF viewer. You can also check the value of the plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types pref and remove the application/pdf part if present. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/about:config See also: *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/view-pdf-files-firefox-without-downloading-them