How Do I Open a PDF File from a Web Page Using Adobe Acrobat, not the Browser?

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The PDF file format is one of the most popular methods for distributing documents online. When Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on a computer for reading PDF files, it causes those files to be opened in the browser when you click a download link. If you prefer reading PDF files in a separate application, configure Adobe Acrobat Reader to stop opening PDF files in the browser window.

Prevending PDF Files from Opening in the Browser

  • Launch Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click the "Edit" menu at the top of the screen, and then click "Preferences."

  • Click "Internet" under "Categories" on the left side of the window.

  • Remove the check from the box labeled "Open PDF in browser."

  • Click "OK." The next PDF file link that you click will be downloaded rather than opened in the browser.

Prevending PDF Files from Opening in the Browser (Firefox Only)

  • Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the Firefox window, and then click "Add-ons."

  • Click the "Plugins" button at the top of the "Add-ons" window.

  • Click "Adobe Acrobat," and then click "Disable." Close the "Add-ons" window.

  • Click a link to download a PDF file. Rather than opening in the browser window, the PDF file is downloaded. Double-click the PDF file to open it with Adobe Acrobat or your default PDF file reader.

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