How to select Acrobat Reader as browser plugin?
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ntext  Identity Verified
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May 1, 2004

I have both Adobe Acrobat 5 and Acrobat Reader 5 installed on my PC (Win XP, IE 6). I've got Windows set up so that clicking on a PDF file will open it in Acrobat Reader (rather than the full Acrobat, which is horribly bulky and takes forever to load).

However, when I view a PDF via the WWW, Internet Explorer uses the full Acrobat as a plugin rather than Reader, which I would prefer. How can I tell IE to use Acrobat Reader as a plugin?


 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Perhaps you find help here: May 2, 2004

http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/98fe.htm

 

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The Q&D way May 2, 2004

1. In Windows Explorer go to "folder options" and choose the "file types" tab. Scroll to the PDF extension and select it (i.e. highlight it);
in the "Open using..." line the application for PDF files is probably Adobe Acrobat.

2. click "Change".
In the dialog that opens scroll down to find Acrobat Reader, select it and click OK.

Now the default application for opening PDF files should be Acrobat Reader.

Now, part 2 of this tutorialicon_wink.gif
There are some things you can do in Reader itself to speed up loading, namely:

In Acrobat Reader click "edit" then go down to click "preferences". A window with a column of choices on the left will open:

Get rid of the splash screen: Startup > Display splash screen - uncheck that

Internet:
uncheck 'Display PDF in browser' and 'Check browser settings'. check 'allow fast web view'.

These work for me and have visibly, if not dramatically decreased PDF loading times.
The moral of the story is, that while seemingly convenient, opening a PDF document in IE is slower than opening it in a separate Reader window. Don't know why. Somebody told me this a while ago and I listened.

HTH
Pawel Skalinski


 

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Pawel — May 2, 2004

Thanks for your suggestions.

Part 1 I had already implemented, which is why PDF's stored on my computer open in Acrobat Reader.

Part 2 helped in that opening Internet PDF's outside the browser and without splash screen does indeed speed up the process considerably. The computer still uses the full Acrobat program to open Internet PDF's though ... I still don't know how to change that ... but the important part is that web PDF's open more quickly now.


 

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Ahhh... read the instructions first!! May 2, 2004

I'm stumped. I have both applications installed (Reader 6 and Acrobat 5) and IE uses Reader to open documents. I have "check browser settings" unchecked in both Reader and Acrobat, if that's any help.
If I find something, I will let you know.

Pawel


 


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