How to Disable the Firefox PDF Viewer

Firefox PDF ViewerIn the latest versions of Firefox, you have the ability to use their free built-in PDF viewer, rather than using one that you have had to download to check out what PDF files have to say.  However, some people have emailed in and have requested a way to disable this new feature in Firefox.

Here are the steps you need to follow to disable Firefox’s built in PDF viewer and use your own:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options
  2. Select the Applications panel.
  3. Find Portable Document Format (PDF) in the list and click on it to select it.
  4. Click on the drop-down arrow in the Action column for the above entry and select the PDF viewer you wish to use.
  5. Click OK to close the Options window

Hope you enjoyed that tip.  Personally, I like the fact that Firefox has their own PDF viewer – but I can see where people might want to use a program they bought or downloaded to do the same task.  Thankfully Mozilla gives us the option to get that done.

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2 Responses to How to Disable the Firefox PDF Viewer

  1. Bryce Hardy Mar/08 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you for this tip. My linux distribution (Fedora) includes a very good pdf viewer pre-installed, so I prefer to use that. Also I noticed that the new Firefox viewer ironically adds an additional step to downloading pdfs, since you have to wait for it to load and then choose “Download” from the top of the page. Anyway thanks for the work-around.

    • Mitch Mar/11 at 6:20 am #

      You’re welcome – happy it came in handy! :)