Safari won't open some PDF

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Safari won't open some PDF files within the browser. Some will work and some are downloaded for no apparent reason.

    Do someone knows how to fix this problem? I tried to delete Safari .plist and it didn't work.
     
  2. LPZ
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    Can you give a URL for one that is downloaded? Sites can use a variety of methods to force files to be downloaded. Not a Safari problem.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    2012Tony2012

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    I got same problem with Safari, it won't open certain PDF files for me.. e.g my electricity bill etc.

    So now I use OmniWeb which opens every single PDF I have tried.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll post one if I see another one. It only happens with a few files. I tried with Chrome and I wasn't able to replicate the problem.
     
  5. macrumors 68040

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    Most of the issues I have seen are caused by the Adobe PDF plugin overriding the native Preview/Safari interaction. Removing from the /Library/Internet Plug-ins folder the PDF Viewer plugin and then restarting the computer should resolve the issue.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    I didn't use safari, it is slow in most time.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

    2012Tony2012

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    That didn't work for me at all!

    The only solution I could find is use OmniWeb which works fine with all PDF files.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    I think this might be my issue, but I don't see a PDF Viewer plugin in the /Library/Internet Plug-ins folder.

    I downloaded Adobe reader because the one site won't let me proceed to the PDF until I did. After I got what I needed, I deleted Adobe because I prefer to use Preview. I suspect that's what happened to the PDF Viewer Plug-in, but I am not sure now how to get it back.
     
  9. macrumors 68040

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    If that plugin is not in the specified location there's likely something else going on.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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  11. macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much for this suggestion - I was having the same problem, and this fixed it completely! I look forward to the day when I can delete ALL Adobe software from my Mac, but that day still isn't today.
     

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