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#1 cafejose

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 04:07 AM

Clicking on any hyperlink on an online webpage would open a PDF file online directly, but since uninstalling Acrobat Reader 5 from my old Windows XP computer with Internet Explorer 8, when I click on a pdf hyperlink in a webpage, the information bar in Internet Explorer asks if I want to download the file.

I assume that I now will need a new add-on; either an extension, a toolbar, or an accelerator, in order to directly click on and open any pdf files linked in webpages. I'm not sure how to choose. There is an add-on manager in IE called, "Manage Add-Ons". I follow the link starting from the botton in that window, but then I am unsure of what I find afterwards. (Find more toolbars and add-ons). QUESTION: What should I specifically look for to install or download?

In any case, if there is a PDF file I want to see, I can download it and open it in Sumatra PDF or in Foxit Reader, and view it AFTER DOWNLOADING and opening through either Sumatra or Foxit. The point is I do not always want to need to download the PDF in order to view it.

Thanks, Anybody.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:10 AM

The option only comes in either to download and or to view a pdf files.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 05:57 PM

I know for a fact PDF-XChange Viewer Free will allow you to view .pdf's in your browser without the need to download them. It is the default .pdf viewer I use, and I often view .pdfs in my browser.

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 01:13 AM

I know for a fact PDF-XChange Viewer Free will allow you to view .pdf's in your browser without the need to download them. It is the default .pdf viewer I use, and I often view .pdfs in my browser.


This one now works. I made it work the way I expected with a selection in Preferences: In File Associations, check mark in Display PDF in Browser. Also, PDF XChange Viewer (Free version ) is set as my default PDF reader. It works well, but files and the viewer do not open as fast as with Foxit Reader. Maybe as fast as the formerly installed Adobe Reader Version 5.




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