How do I open a pdf without having to save the document?

New Here ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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A couple of months ago, I was able to open a pdf on Google Chrome without having to save it. Now for some reason, my settings have changed and it asks me to save the document first before opening it.

I am forever saving pdfs to my desktop to view a pdf then deleting the pdf afterwards.

How do i just open the pdf without saving it.

Please note, I have tried doing the same thing on Internet Explorer and it does not ask me to save, it automatically opens. So, how can i do this on chrome?

Also, I have tried going into the settings and turning off Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome and it does not work still.

Please help.

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LEGEND , Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

Chrome does not use Reader to view pdf files. It uses its own viewer so hopefully they can help in the Chrome forum.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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This is a question for the Chrome forums. It has nothing to do with Adobe Reader, or any other Adobe software.

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New Here ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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There may be a setting in Acrobat Reader that may be able to assist me. Someone in this discussion may know the answer. This is why I have started a discussion here as well as Google Chrome.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Since the Reader plugin doesn't work in Chrome anymore, it has nothing to do with it.

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LEGEND ,
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Chrome does not use Reader to view pdf files. It uses its own viewer so hopefully they can help in the Chrome forum.

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Nov 28, 2021 Nov 28, 2021

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I use Firefox, and have (suddenly- in the past few months) had the same issue. It is NOT about Google Chrome; it is about Adobe.  I actually had no problem simply opening PDF's until I signed up for an account with Adobe.  Coincidence??

Not sure if this is their way of making people have to upgrade,and sign up for their additional $$ service, or what.

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New Here ,
Jan 21, 2022 Jan 21, 2022

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I also use Firefox and have recently had the same problem.  Here is the solution:

In Firefox:

1.  Click on the three parallel lines in the upper right corner.

2.  Click on the Settings option.

3.  Find the Applications settings.

4.  Scroll down until you see the Portable Document Forment (PDF)

5.  In the Action column, it will say "Save File."

6.  Click the down arrow, and either select "Use Windows Default Application" to always open with Adobe Acrobat, or   select "Always Ask" to see a list of options, one of which will be "Open with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 13, 2022 Feb 13, 2022

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FINALLY!  SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTOOD THE QUESTION AND ANSWERED IT!!!!!

 

Thank you!

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New Here ,
Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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Nope! Still saves to hard drive!

 

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New Here ,
Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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YES - I recently ran into the same issue and it is driving me nuts.

 

It doesn't matter if you change the file settings to "always ask" or "open with default application" OR open in browser - it still downloads regardless. A huge nuisance since I deal with web-based pdfs all day and many contain forms which cannot be used with the web browser.

 

 

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New Here ,
Jun 28, 2022 Jun 28, 2022

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I'm not sure if this will help for you but I thought I would mention.  At the very bottom, after it asks specifically about whether you want to save a particular document, go to the very  bottom of the page, outside of that box, and on my screen it said, "What should Firefox do with other files?"  And I selected "ask whether to open or save."  I don't know if the checking of some boxes worked, or if checking that worked, but mine asks now.  I almost missed seeing that at the very bottom of the page.

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Apr 14, 2022 Apr 14, 2022

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It worked for me.  I had to go through it twice before it believed me, but it did work.

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New Here ,
May 07, 2022 May 07, 2022

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THANK YOU from me, too! Your fix was spot on. 🙂

Barbara A

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New Here ,
May 07, 2022 May 07, 2022

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Don't know why, but this solution doesn't work for me. File still saves to hard drive.

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New Here ,
May 22, 2022 May 22, 2022

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Thanx for the FIX...... I have no clue how this changed by itself!! Glad to have it set back where it was!!

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New Here ,
May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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This suddenly started happening to me, too in Firefox. Thank you @Gloria22776956bdp8 . For step 6 above I selected open with my Adobe DC and that saved the day!

 

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Jun 11, 2022 Jun 11, 2022

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

 

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New Here ,
Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

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YES!!! This actually worked. THANK YOU so much!!!!! Now, if I could only get the same help when using Chrome!

 

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Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

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Steps to open a pdf without having to save the document-

Download Adobe Reader. This is a free program that can open PDF files so that you can read them. Adobe Reader can be downloaded from get.adobe.com/reader/. You cannot use it to edit or create PDF files.
To learn how to edit PDF files, click here. You can edit PDF files online also.


There are a variety of other free PDF reader programs if you don't want to install Adobe Reader.
Windows 8 comes with a PDF reader installed if you don't want to use Adobe Reader.

Decline the McAfee offer. When installing Adobe Reader, a box will be automatically checked to add McAfee to your computer. Most users likely will not want this, so make sure to uncheck the box.

Double-click a PDF file after installing Adobe Reader. For most users, Reader should open automatically, displaying your PDF file.

Enter the password if required. PDF files can be password-protected by the creator, so you'll need the correct password if one is required.

 

Regards,

Rachel Gomez

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