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Author Topic: How to make Firefox Not Open PDF Files  (Read 8893 times)
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« on: April 03, 2011, 06:42:03 PM »

I am constantly clicking on links that i think go to websites and instead having firefox download a pdf file and automatically open it in adobe acrobat reader.

Personally i find this obnoxious and a security risk.  All I want is for firefox to simply ASK ME if I want to download this file before it goes ahead and does it, but i can't figure out how to do that.  Surely there must be a way.  Anyone know?
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011, 06:51:13 PM »

I use this add-on from Nitro.
When clicking a pdf link it will show these options in this shot.
Works with FF4.

http://www.pdfdownload.org/



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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011, 06:52:53 PM »

^ +1.  I use it for the same reason (and also the fact that dl'ing PDFs can take forever, during which you can't do anything if FF dl's it to view).
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2011, 06:59:27 PM »

In Firefox 4

Tools > Options > Applications > Application/pdf  I set to "always ask"
There are also other choices here.

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011, 07:02:29 PM »

Open adobe reader - Edit - Preferences

Select INTERNET
UNCHECK "Display PDF in browser"
Click OK
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 08:07:58 PM »

In Firefox 4

Tools > Options > Applications > Application/pdf  I set to "always ask"
FWIW, that's the setting I found when I took a look just now.  May be it's the default if you don't have any PDF software "installed"...I tend to use SumatraPDF portably.
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011, 08:48:39 PM »


In Firefox 4

Tools > Options > Applications > Application/pdf  I set to "always ask"
FWIW, that's the setting I found when I took a look just now.  May be it's the default if you don't have any PDF software "installed"...I tend to use SumatraPDF portably.

I use PDF-XChange viewer and with that setting whenever I click on a pdf I get this pop-up allowing me to decide what I want to do.


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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2011, 06:53:25 AM »

thanks everyone for tips.
the weird thing is that i have pdf download addon installed and updated, in FF4, and it doesnt seem to be working.. i will try to look in options again.
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2011, 07:01:31 AM »

I installed it again after upgrading to 4 cause it was not working right.



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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2011, 07:05:50 AM »

cmpm, i just tried same thing and now it works.

seems "PDF Download" addon does not like the ff3->ff4 upgrade path.  an uninstall and reinstall seems to have fixed it -- thanks for your help everyone!
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2011, 07:07:52 AM »

from the latest comments, it seems that PDF Download is not updated yet for Firefox 4.

https://addons.mozilla.or...don/pdf-download/reviews/
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2011, 07:24:27 AM »

It's been working for me.
Took less then a minute to save this page as pdf.
But I do leave the tab it's working on open, and don't 'click away'.
I may open another tab, but that hasn't stopped it.

Try it here-
http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/downloads/
the-'FastPictureViewer Professional Cheat Sheet'
is one page, so it should not take long to find out about the pop-up dialog working
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2011, 07:28:46 AM »

I don't normally use it to make pdf's from web pages though.
To do that I use Pixlr Grabber or Fireshot,
then convert it with a pic to pdf tool.
Works better for page breaks.

I use it mainly for what mouser is doing.
More control over pdf behavior on the web.
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2011, 02:15:42 PM »

I am constantly clicking on links that i think go to websites and instead...

If you want a warning beforehand: install Stylish and this userstyle: Cursor indicator
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2011, 02:36:49 PM »

If you want a warning beforehand: install Stylish ...

Or Link Alert
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2011, 02:43:34 PM »

Or Link Alert

-> Link Alert
Is a nice one, but I'll stick with Cursor indicator, I never needed to know more...
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2011, 05:42:31 PM »

...Stylish and this userstyle: Cursor indicator (see attachment in previous post)

excellent idea.

However, the icons look outdated and too small; they are not easy to distinct. It should not be very difficult for a pro to make them even more useful.

Now I see Cursor indicator hasn't been updated for 4½ years. That might explain something...
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2011, 08:48:05 PM »

If you want a warning beforehand: install Stylish ...

Or Link Alert
Nice!  I think I'll try Link Alert first (only one thing to install here).

Thank you both  Thmbsup
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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2011, 12:35:25 AM »

And i can confirm that after working once, PDF Download is definitely not working consistently (or at all now) in FireFox 4.  Hopefully an update will fix that soon.
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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2011, 12:54:00 AM »

@bob99:
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In Firefox 4
Tools > Options > Applications > Application/pdf  I set to "always ask"
There are also other choices here.
Thankyou for that note. I had not spent the time looking at that menu. That seems like quite an improvement in FF4 over the previous versions.

@mouser:
I don't have any problems with annoying PDF links since I started using Google docs to view them online by default.   Thmbsup
If I want t save the PDF document after reading some of it, then I either save it into Google docs, or if I want the document on my laptop,  then I download it from either Google docs or via the Flashgot add-in   Thmbsup  and my GetRight downloader   Thmbsup

I don't like to download PDF files of unknown size directly in the browser as they can be very slow to download if they are large. GetRight is fastest as I have it set to download a file in up to 4 sequential segments simultaneously (each segment being a unique slice of the file). GetRight sticks them together automatically (so CRC checksums remain valid).
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« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2011, 05:40:07 AM »

Interesting.....
I also have 'OpenItOnline' add-on which does not work for pdfs.
It does for everything else though.

Maybe add openitonline to see what happens.
Can always uninstall it if it don't help.

http://www.openitonline.com/

I do have pdfs set in options to open with the pdfx plugin which works with the nitro deal.
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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2011, 08:27:37 AM »

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In Firefox 4
Tools > Options > Applications > Application/pdf  I set to "always ask"
There are also other choices here.
Thankyou for that note. I had not spent the time looking at that menu. That seems like quite an improvement in FF4 over the previous versions.

@IainB
The same can also be done in earlier FF versions. Not sure at what version it was implemented but here is a screen shot off an XP machine running FF 3.6.16.



It looks a little different than the earlier shot.  The earlier was from Win7 with FF4.  Both work the same.
I wasn't aware of the other methods mentioned above when I found this one.  It works best for me in that if I know it is a trusted source I can go ahead and open it or save it to a folder to virus scan 1st.  If I decide to open it, it's opened in PDF-XChange and not the browser. And I can save it from there if I want.

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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2011, 02:39:08 PM »

However, the icons look outdated and too small; they are not easy to distinct. It should not be very difficult for a pro to make them even more useful.

@Curt:
How do you think the icons should look like? I can alter the style for you if you want.
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« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2011, 05:13:41 PM »

@Curt:
How do you think the icons should look like? I can alter the style for you if you want.
Something like this, perhaps?
Let me answer that myself after a PM to Curt, Curt likes the whole set I made: Cursor Indicator On Link Hover.
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« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2011, 09:05:12 AM »

I've always used
- right click
- open in new tab
then select
-open with..
or save

Maybe I'm just old-fashioned!
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