Can't access PDF files wth WIndows Explorer

Question

I have a Dell laptop and a Dell Desktop system both configured with Windows XP, SP2. On the desktop whenever I am in Internet Explorer and click on a url that is a PDF file I get a small box with a red X in the upper left hand corner. On the laptop the pdf file loads successfully. I have compared all of the internet options choice and security setting, and they are the same. Why can't I access pdf files via windows explorer on my desktop?

Answer

This question was answered on November 8, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

On most browsers, the Adobe (Acrobat) Reader can be configured as a Plug-in or Helper Application that will directly open pdf files for viewing and/or printing However, often the most convenient way to use large pdf files is to download them to your hard disk and open them separately with the Adobe (Acrobat) Reader To download PDF files:

Netscape/Windows: hold down the SHIFT key when you click on the link

Internet Explorer/Windows: RIGHT CLICK on the link and choose "Save target as..."

Netscape/Macintosh: hold down the OPTION key when you click on the link

For other Browser/Operating System combinations, see the browser instructions or help

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Author

Posted by Algernon of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 8, 2004