Displaying PDFs in Safari

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Hutchy, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. Hutchy macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Hey. I hope this is a really easy one for you all!

    I am trying to view PDFs in the safari window. I have the latest Safari and the latest Adobe reader. Pdfs always download and then load using the Adobe reader. I have done a google search but am unable to get Safari to load the files.

    Could someone please help. I have an ever increasing folder of PDFs!!

    Thank you very much.

  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Disable Adobe's PDF Browser Integration, or uninstall Adobe Reader. By default Safari uses Preview's PDF engine to render PDFs in the browser. However, the newest version of Adobe (Acrobat) Reader will not allow the PDFs to load inline or within Safari, and instead force the use of the actual app.

  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Try steps 3-4 of this:


    I don't think you need to do steps 1-2.

    EDIT: TEG, is that right? I was not aware of that... but then I do not use Acrobat on OS X much.
  4. Hutchy thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Hi, I tried both uninstalling the Application but Safari then used 'preview' to open the PDF.

    I also followed the second advice, re-installed and removed the plug-in, but still cant seem to get it to do what I want.

    It seems that safari is simply ignoring this plug-in. (it is present in the folder)
  5. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Make sure you're using Leopard - only works in Leopard.

    There's an Apple Quick Tip #46 available from iTunes that explains how to use it.
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    No uninstalling is required! In the Adobe Reader preferences, under the Internet tab, uncheck "Display PDF in browser using." That's all. Now Safari will display PDFs inline. If you want to display downloaded PDFs in Preview, that's another issue, but also easily done.

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