How to Enable My Firefox Browser to Read PDF Files

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With Firefox, you can decide whether you want to read PDF files within the browser or with another application like Adobe Reader. Enable your Firefox browser to read PDF files with help from a technology writer, educator, and consultant in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Elizabeth Kricfalusi from Tech for Luddites. In this video, I'm going to show you how to read PDF files in your Firefox browser. PDF files are a great way to share information over the web, and a lot of websites will have links to PDF files. But, there's different ways that you can get that PDF file. So, I'm gonna show you how you can actually view it in your Firefox browser. Right now, if I go to my Tech for Luddites blog, and I go to my Publications page, I have a publication called Set Up Your Own Self-Hosted Blog or Website. It's a PDF file. When I click on it, it automatically wants to save it to my computer. Well, I don't, you know, you might not wanna do that all the time. You might just wanna read it. So, I'm gonna cancel that out and what you're gonna do is you're gonna go to tools, options, in the applications tab, and you're gonna scroll down to where it says Portable Document Format, which is what PDF stands for, and you'll see, if I click on this, I get a little drop down box. And, right now, it's set to save file, which is exactly what it did, but if I just wanna look at the PDF file in my Firefox browser, I can go Preview in Firefox, and I'm gonna say OK. And, now, when I click on that same link, there, there's the PDF. I'm not downloading it to my computer. Well, there's a, probably a temporary file, but I'm not downloading this whole file to the computer. I can read it. I do have options. I can full screen it and I can escape the full screen. I can print it. I can, I can download it now if I decided this is so valuable, I do want to download it, that gets me that option. I'm Elizabeth and that's how you read PDF files in your Firefox browser. I hope you found this video helpful. Thanks for watching!

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