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    PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    Would it be acceptable for IE to NOT open the .PDF file and instead have Acrobat Reader open the file outside of IE?

    Alternatively, you MIGHT be able to remove the menu bar from ALL instances of IE by setting this in the registry. (Although, now that I state this, I cannot seem to quickly locate a reference...).

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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by carbonnb on 18-Feb-03 20:31. Just found KB article that talks about Kiosk mode.)</P>Instead of removing the menu bar, why not just open IE in Kiosk mode?

    Kiosk mode get rid of all of the toolbars, the menu bar, the title bar. Basically what you have is IE filling you entire screen. It's almost like full-screen mode, but you can't toggle out of it.

    To open IE in kiosk mode, just add -k to the command line that you use to open IE.

    "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe" -k

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    To see how to use Kiosk mode, have a look at KB Article 154780
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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    Thanks for your quick responses! I tried searching the Web to find a way to eliminate the IE menu bar entirely by using regedit, but I

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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    What OS is this running on?

    I have tried it on W2K and XPP, both running IE 6 SP1, and the only thing that gets shown is the Acrobat Reader toolbar.

    Is it possible that the link to the pdf is opening a new IE window? THat's the only way I get the IE toolbars back.
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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    This PC is running Win2k SP3

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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    The problem is that it is opening the PDF in a new window, that's why you are getting the menus, et al. back.

    Unfortunately, short of changing the web page to open it in the same window, I have no idea how to get around that.
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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    >> I would like to try having Acrobat Reader open the PDF file separate from IE
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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    This is not from the Test page I was looking for, but this shows you how to prevent seeing those annoying message boxes each time a user tries to click on a .pdf link. Simply UN-check this box and Click open. The next time the user click a .pdf link it should open automatically in Acrobat Reader -- with NO IE frame around it.
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    NOTE: the images show the red circled boxes as 'checked' -- which is the default. To make this work the way you want it to, you want the boxes UN-checked. (I know if I don't stress this someone will come back and tell me that it doesn't work...) <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    NOTE #2: if you do not have Acrobat Reader 5, then the first image I have posted above will NOT make any sense to you. The check box in Acrobat Reader 4 was in a very different spot and had a very different title....

    NOTE #3: if the below check box does not work as it is supposed to, OR if you change your mind and you want to reverse this check box, you can set the same registry value using Folder Options | File Types | Adobe Acrobat Document | Edit | "Confirm open after download".
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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    Hi, R2 ~

    I did as you instructed to get acrobat to open PDF files in Acrobat rather than IE, but now all I get is the error as indicated below. Any Idea why this is happening?/
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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    Sounds like you are missing one of the Acrobat DLL's. You might need to reinstall AR... Give me some time to find the right DLL....
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    Hard to tell, but if I were to guess it would be:

    WHA Library.dll (Adobe Acrobat Plugin WHAPI). You might need to simply reinstall, or you can check out this DLL -- but it is only a guess right now. I will look further later.

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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    Hi, R2 ~

    I reinstalled Reader 5.0 and I do have 'WHA Library.dll' apparently intact, yet the behavior is the same. To view a PDF, I must now copy the absolute source code URL and download with a quick throw-together homemade HTML download tool and then it opens in the Reader.

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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    To "View a .PDF", do you mean open a .pdf file on your computer, or open a LINK to a .pdf file in an HTML document?

    For example, click here to open a .pdf file.

    I keep trying to duplicate your error and I cannot... even on different computers.

    There is another file that might be a problem: wha.api (Adobe Acrobat WHA Plug-in). I am trying to make "Window Handler" actually fit into "WHA" -- and maybe I am just trying too hard!

    ED: NOPE! That file cannot be it. Even if I remove that file, the dang thing still works. I am having a difficult time "breaking" my computer to work in the manner yours does!! I will keep trying....

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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    I can view a PDF without incident once the file is held locally, but clicking on a link, such as the one you provided, begats the error message posted above. Clicking on the link should open the PDF within the browser. Unchecking 'Display PDF in browser' should allow me to open the PDF link from within the Acrobat application, but now even putting the checkmark back in does nothing.

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    Re: PDF file opening in IE (6.0)

    Not sure whether this will help, or just add to the confusion. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> When I change AR to NOT open in the browser, and try your test.pdf link, I get just the image icon, and "Done" on the status line (no error messages). With the standard settings the link opens OK in it's own (IE) window.
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