How to open PDF forms in Acrobat instead of browser


By default, PDF files opened from a web page display inside the browser window with a limited toolbar:

The default behavior does not work with the TCU Reimbursement Form.

Information Technology has pushed this setting out to most computers on campus, however, It is easy to change the way that Acrobat opens files from the browser by modifying Preferences.

Read on to learn how to change Preferences.

To change the default PDF open behavior when using a web browser:

1.     Choose Edit—>Preferences

2.     Select the Internet category from the list on the left

3.     To display the PDF in the browser, check “Display in browser”
To open PDFs from the web directly in Acrobat, uncheck “Display in browser:

A More Flexible Approach using Firefox

Mozilla Firefox, a free, Open Source web browser, is becoming increasingly popular in the legal community. Some legal users feel it is more secure than Internet Explorer. When you install Firefox, all of your existing bookmarks are imported.

One compelling reason to switch to Firefox is the great number of free extensions which can add useful features to the application.

The PDF Download extension is a free add-in that offers the user the choice of opening the PDF in the browser or in Acrobat.

To install the extension, open Firefox and go the PDF Download page.

Using PDF Download

Using the PDF Download extension is simple.

When a link to a PDF is clicked, the window below will appear:

The first two options on the left give users the flexibility they need to download the PDF or open it in the browser.

PDF Download Preferences

With a bit more work, you can change PDF Download to meet your particular needs.

In Firefox:

1.     Go to Tools—PDF Download Options


2.     Instead of the pop-up option window, you can set a different behavior. This is useful when you know you will need to open several PDFs outside the browser: