How to Open a PDF File in a New Window


Webpages often have links to .pdf files that open in the browser. The file's opening in a separate browser window has advantages over its opening in a separate tab. For instance, you may absent-mindedly click the X in the corner to close it when you're done, closing down all the other tabs in the window as well---perhaps even the tab for your Internet connection. Sometimes, web designers offer the link but restrict viewing to some format other than in a new window. You might not be able to change that.

Things You'll Need

  • Latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Point your cursor at the .pdf link in the webpage. Right-click your mouse and select "Open Link In New Window." To make it more automatic, go to the next step.

  • Open Adobe Reader and open up the Preferences panel. How to do this depends on the Reader version. You may find the Preferences option in the File or the Adobe Reader drop-down menu. Select "General" and then deselect "Web Browser Integration." If you have a different version of the reader, try selecting "Documents" and deselecting "Open Cross-Document Links In Same Window." Another possibility is to select "Options" and deselect "Display PDF in Browser." If you can't find any of these combinations, try selecting "Internet" and deselecting "Display PDF in Browser." If none of these work, proceed to the next step.

  • Check that the .pdf file can be opened at all. Right-click on the .pdf link, save it to your hard drive, and open it from your file directory. If it doesn't open, probably something is wrong with that particular file. If it did download, note the size. A .pdf larger than 4Mb will have trouble opening up in a browser window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Address .pdf files opening intermittently as only a blank page by downloading Adobe Reader 9.1.2. Use the Adobe link in the Resources section below. Make sure to select the correct version for your operating system.

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