How to disable PDF files opening in the browser

To stop PDF files from opening in the browser window you will need to change the Adobe Reader (or Adobe Acrobat if you have that installed) settings.

Depending on your browser, the PDFs made automatically open in their own window or the download option may appear.

  1. Open Adobe Reader/Acrobat
  2. Click on the ‘Edit’ menu then ‘Preferences’
  3. Click on ‘Internet’ on the side bar
  4. Under ‘Web Browser Options’ untick ‘Display PDF in browser’
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  6. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

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