safari pdf handling

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mattsajay, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. mattsajay macrumors member

    May 24, 2007
    when my mbp first came, i had safari open pdf files through the browser with preiew. for some reason i think i downloaded acrobat reader 8.0. which in retrospect was the stupidest thing to do. though i subsequently deleted it, safari continues to ask for which application to use to open pdf files. this is very annoying.
    i have already tried the following things but no avail: any ideas?

    1. i did a quick forum search and reseat the webkit kit through command line :

    2. deleting the adobepreferences from internet plugins folder in libraries.


    i just want to reset every preferences in safari so that safari opens .pdf files on the web through preview.

    thanks in advance.
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Make sure that the plugin itself is gone. You'll find it in Macintosh HD:Library:Internet Plug-ins, named AdobePDFViewer.plugin (one of your links mentions this, but this is the usual cause when Adobe Reader has been half-uninstalled)

    After that, pick any PDF in the Finder, go to Get info, pick Preview for the open with… and tick the thingy to set it for all files like that.
  3. mattsajay thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2007
    yep done that. still safari says pick an adobepdfviewer to open the pdf file whenever i click onto a pdf file in safari.
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Have you tried moving the Safari preference file out of the Preferences folder? It's called :)

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