Friday, September 10, 2004

The other day I wrote about a post I saw in KC Lemson's blog that describes how to make sure Office files open in their respective program windows, rather than in Internet Explorer, when you click on a link to one on a web page.

A friend commented that it would be cool if you could get Adobe Acrobat Reader to behave that way too - that is, open PDF files the native program, not in an IE window.

Well, it turns out you can make it behave that way. Now, probably 99.9% of the people who use Acrobat Reader don't ever check out the settings that are available in the program, and it's no wonder: The dialog where you make those changes is not exactly where you'd expect to find it. You'd think the Tools menu would be the place to find the options, but it's not there... Yay Adobe. Instead, it's hidden in the bottom of the Edit menu. Click on Edit>Preferences, then click on the Internet section header:

Uncleck the Display PDF in browser option and save. That's it! When you click on a PDF file from there on out, it will download and open in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.

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