Only want to view PDF files, not download all of them.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kendo, May 28, 2011.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    Hey guys. I've had my iMac for a week now but I can't seem to figure out how to view PDF files and not have them downloaded every time.

    If I click a link to a PDF on a website, I always select open but it also downloads into my Downloads folder which can be a pain having to delete them every so often. Is there a way to prevent this?

    Also, do people here rely on Preview to view PDF files or do you download Adobe Reader?
     
  2. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    I would like to know this as well. I never ran into the problem but I know a few people who had the same problem as you. I could never figure out how to change it. Mine always open up in a browser window and allows me to download it or just view it.
     
  3. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

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    send me a link with a PDF file linked to it. I want to try and see if it also happens to me. Even if you right click and open and still downloads??
     
  4. Jeanne-W macrumors newbie

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    Hope someone has an answer to this too. I remember preview automatically opening pdf files so you can view them... now they go to my download folder and have been for some time now and I don't know why. I went to preferences in preview to see if a setting there but couldn't find one, I also checked FF preferences but nothing there either. :(
     
  5. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

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  7. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    I've just gone to the McD website, in Firefox the pdf downloads, whereas in Safari, it doesn't. So, its a Firefox behaviour. I can't find anything in preferences to stop it.
     
  8. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That must be it. I'm using Firefox.
     

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