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					Opening PDF files within Firefox
A PDF reader plugin can be used to display PDF file inside the Firefox browser window. If there is
a problem with the plugin, Firefox may try to download the PDF file instead of opening it. This
article helps you to open PDF files within Firefox.

Some PDF readers plugin are:

       Adobe Reader

       Sumatra PDF

       MozPlugger
       KParts plugin

       Schubert|it PDF Browser Plugin on Mac OS X 10.6 and later

       Firefox PDF Plugin extension

Table of Contents
       1 Only the first page is visible (Mac 10.5 and below)
       2 Check Firefox settings
           o 2.1 Reset download actions
       3 Check Application settings
       4 Re-initialize the plugins database
       5 Re-install the application
       6 Further information for Adobe Reader


Only the first page is visible (Mac 10.5 and
below)
If PDF documents open within Firefox but only the first page is viewable, make sure that the
QuickTime plugin isn't set to handle PDF content:

   1.   From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
   2.   From the View menu, choose QuickTime.
   3.   Click the Plug-In tab and click MIME settings....
   4.   In the list of MIME types, click the triangle next to "Images - Still image files".
   5.   If "PDF Image" is checked, click the check box to clear it.
   6.   Click OK

If you can't view a PDF in Firefox, continue with the next following instructions.


Check Firefox settings
1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP)
   and then click OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select
   Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select
   PreferencesAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and select
   Options...On the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of
   the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences....
2. Select the Applications panel.
3. Find Adobe Acrobat Document (if you're using Adobe Reader) or PDF files (for other
   PDF readers) in the list and click on it to select it.
4. Click on the drop-down arrow in the Action column for the above entry and select Use PDF
   reader name (in Firefox).
           o  If Use PDF reader name (in Firefox) is not listed as an Option, see Reset download
              actions below and then repeat this set of instructions.
   5. Click OK to close the Options windowClick Close to close the Preferences windowClose
      the Preferences window.

If you still can't view a PDF in Firefox, continue with the following instructions.

Reset download actions
   1. Open your profile folder:
         1. At the top of the Firefox windowOn the menu bar, click on the Help menuAt the top
            of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button, go over to the Help menu (on
            Windows XP, click on the Help menu)On the menu bar, click on the Help menuAt
            the top of the Firefox window, click on the Help menu and select Troubleshooting
            Information. The Troubleshooting Information tab will open.
         2. Under the Application Basics section, click on Open Containing FolderShow in
            Finder. A window with your profile filesfolder will open.

               Note: If you are unable to open or use Firefox, follow the instructions in Finding
               your profile without opening Firefox.

   2. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (File menu in Windows XP)
      and then click ExitOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Quit FirefoxAt the
      top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and select QuitAt the top of the Firefox
      window, click on the File menu and select ExitOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu
      and select Quit FirefoxAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the File menu and select
      Quit.
   3. Delete the mimetypes.rdf file.
Check Application settings
If the PDF reader plugin comes bundled with a reader application, check the application plugin
setting if there is some.

      Adobe Reader:
          1. Open Adobe Reader.
          2. Once in Adobe Reader, click the Edit menu in the menu bar, and then click
             Preferences... The Preferences window will open.
          3. In the Categories section, click on Internet.
          4. Make sure the first check box, Display PDF in browser, is checked.
          5. Click OK to dismiss the Preferences window, and then close Adobe Reader.

If you still can't view a PDF in Firefox, continue with the next following instructions.




Re-initialize the plugins database
Follow the instructions in the Re-initializing the plugins database section of the Troubleshooting
plugins article.

This will force Firefox to rebuild its plugin database. If you still can't view a PDF in Firefox,
continue with the next following instructions.




Re-install the application
If the PDF reader plugin comes bundled with a reader application and the above troubleshooting
methods for Firefox did not work, uninstall and re-install the application.

      Adobe Reader:
          1. See Adobe's instructions for uninstalling (Reader versions 8 and above). You should
             also uninstall any other versions of Reader that are installed.
          2. Install the latest version of Adobe Reader from Adobe's download page.

If you still can't view a PDF in Firefox, continue with the next following instructions.




Further information for Adobe Reader
If none of the above troubleshooting methods worked, see Can't view PDF on the web from
Adobe.com for further instructions.

				
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