Open PDF in browser window?
Can I control how a PDF is opened by visitors? I have several text links to PDFs and I am wondering if I can make the PDFs open in a browser window versus downloading?
I was under the impression that the control of PDFs was within the preferences of the viewers browser.
Here is the site, the PDFs are two of the menu links (Grant Proposal & Awarded Budget):
If your visitor has the PDF plugin installed in their browser then they can open it in their browser. If they don't then downloading is the only option.
Thanks felgall. Is the PDF plugin simply downloading Acrobat Reader?
The plugin comes with acrobat but is optional whether the person adds it into their browser at the same time they install Acrobat. Some people prefer to have PDFs open separately and so deliberately don't install it into their browser.
the simple answer to your question is - you can't.
you put a pdf on your site and the way in which the users computer is configured will determine how it is handled - nothing you can do about that at your end...
You can have a pdf open on your site, just use iframes. Heres an example of its use here.
Except that is not a fool-proof idea either. I clicked on it and it asked to open in my PDF viewer. I'm using Linux and Firefox. I don't have a browser plugin either.
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