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    PDFs won't open in Firefox

    I remain puzzled as to why PDF files won't open when running Firefox. The open with IE9. Any suggestions?

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    Hi Chuck,
    I take it you do have a PDF reader installed. Look in tools, options, applications tab.
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    Foxit reader is a nice program for Firefox,scroll down a little to see;http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/
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    Quote Originally Posted by chowur View Post
    Foxit reader is a nice program for Firefox,scroll down a little to see;http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/
    I gave up using Foxit Reader after finding this portable reader http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=1436
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    Yes I have the latest Adobe Reader installed. As I mentioned, PDFs open up OK when I use IE9, just not in Firefox.

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    Chuck, did you check what I posted earlier?
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    I didn't check the portable reader site yet. I'm still fussing with Adobe Reader.
    I don't understand what's happened, as the Reader used to funciont within Firefox alright. It continues to function OK in IE9.

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    Chuck, I meant you to look in applications tab.
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    You spotted it. The default PDF app was set to "Always ask" (except it never did). I changed it to Adobe Reader and it works perfectly. Thanks.

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    You may have to keep after that "default PDF App" as Firefox does its "Rapid Release" nonsense. Every six to sixteen weeks from now on, Firefox will upgrade to a new version, and this setting may have to be reset all over again. What a pain in the neck! Also, whenever Adobe Reader has an update, this setting may have to be refreshed in Firefox.
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    Thanks for the hint. I'll watch out for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobprimak View Post
    You may have to keep after that "default PDF App" as Firefox does its "Rapid Release" nonsense. Every six to sixteen weeks from now on, Firefox will upgrade to a new version, and this setting may have to be reset all over again. What a pain in the neck! Also, whenever Adobe Reader has an update, this setting may have to be refreshed in Firefox.
    Bob just a note,
    I've never had a problem with Firefox retaining settings when upgrading. The comment made was that he un-installed Foxit reader which was most likely his default program, and he did not choose an other default program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dloyd View Post
    Bob just a note,
    I've never had a problem with Firefox retaining settings when upgrading. The comment made was that he un-installed Foxit reader which was most likely his default program, and he did not choose an other default program.
    I'll weigh in with you too. I am running FF8-64 Bit right now and I also run FF6, the latter because FF8 ghosts a couple of addons that I use daily. I also ran FF7Beta but discarded it for the same reason: addons not yet compatible. In allcases, profile settings are retained.

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    What about Google Chrome? Mine saves the file to the harddrive. Any way to make it just open it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgegraz View Post
    What about Google Chrome? Mine saves the file to the harddrive. Any way to make it just open it?

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    Chrome uses its own built-in PDF renderer. You would have to find instructions to disable the Chrome PDF renderer (it is not an Extension) to allow your default PDF Reader to take over. It's a pain, and it's a well-documented complaint on the Web.
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