Change browser download settings for .PDF, .DOC, or other file

PDFBelow are the steps, in each of the major Internet browsers, to change how they behave when opening a .PDF, .DOC, or other external file.

Tip: In addition to the steps mentioned below, with all browsers you can also right click any .PDF link and choose the option to Save or Save as to save the .PDF file.

Internet Explorer users

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Mozilla Firefox users

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Click Tools and then Options
  3. Within the Options window click Applications
  4. Select the Content type you want to adjust. For example, if you want to change how a .PDF file opens in Firefox, select Adobe Acrobat Document.
  5. In the Action section, change the action to how you want to open the file. If you want to download .PDF files instead of opening them, select Save file.

Opera users

  1. Open Opera
  2. Click Tools and then Preferences
  3. In the Advanced tab click Downloads
  4. Locate and highlight the file extension you want to adjust. For example, pdf (or application/pdf). Tip: You can sort these columns.
  5. Once highlighted, click the Edit button.
  6. Within the file type window, specify how you want for the file to be handled.

Additional information

  • See the PDF definition for further information about PDF files, questions and answers, and related links.