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When you click a PDF link on a web page, it can open either within the web browser or directly in Acrobat Reader or Foxit. Each browser has its own settings to control how PDFs open from a web page.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More Moreand thenSettings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under "Privacy and security," click Content settings.
  5. Near the bottom, click PDF documents.

  6. Turn on Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome.

Alternatively, you may complete following:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Type chrome://settings/content/pdfDocuments in the address bar.
  3. Turn on Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome.

PDF documents will now open directly in Acrobat Reader (Pro if installed) or Foxit.

  1. In Firefox, choose Tools > Options.
  2. In the Options dialog, click Applications.
  3. In the Applications tab, type PDF in the search field. 
  4. For Portable Document Format (PDF) content type in the search result, select Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox) from the Action drop-down list.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Restart Firefox.
 Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and choose Tools > Manage Add-ons.

  2. Under Add-on Types, select Toolbars And Extensions.

  3. In the Show menu, select All Add-ons.

    Select All Add-ons from the Show menu in the Manage Add-ons dialog box.

  4. In the list of add-ons, select Adobe PDF Reader.


    If you do not see the Adobe PDF Reader add-on, try the other options on the menu. For example, on some systems, the add-on appears when you select Run Without Permission.

  5. Click the Enable or Disable button (it toggles depending on the status of the selected add-on):

    Enable sets the Adobe PDF Reader add-on to open PDFs in the browser.

    Disable turns off the add-on so it does not open PDFs in the browser.

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