Open and Read PDF Documents In Firefox Web Browser without Downloading

PDF (Portable Document Format) is one of the most used file format to view document files. There are majority of software which lets you view PDF files on your computer. Sometimes we end up finding some document in pdf format which we do not want to download to our system, so we tend to read PDF in Firefox Web Browser.

If you have Adobe Acrobat reader plugin for Firefox then its good, but if you have the new version of Firefox then you must have encountered some problems while viewing the pdf file in your browser. So you have two options either download these small files to your system or download Foxit Reader and view them online in your browser.

How to Read PDF in Firefox

One of the best things about Foxit Reader is that it’s FREE and extremely light. I have been using it for almost 4 years without any problems. All you have to do is download Foxit Reader from the link below and install it.

Now open your browser and click on Options.

firefox menu options

In the Options Window go to the Applications tab and choose to use Foxit Reader if you have Adobe X plugin installed in Firefox, else it will automatically become the default plugin to open pdf files in your browser.

firefox options application tab

So, on the other hand you have the option to use a paid software like Adobe Reader. It is extremely heavy on resources, specially with older systems running Firefox. The alternative is to use free software like Foxit Reader which is free and extremely light, plus it is not at all buggy.

Download Foxit Reader

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 5 comments
Kalju - February 12, 2012

Open and Read PDF Documents In Firefox Web Browser without Downloading????
A very silly story. All are downloaded to the Temporary Folder.

    Rohit Langde - February 13, 2012

    Yups, whatever we browse gets downloaded to our system somehow. To be more specific, Here it means, you can read PDF in Firefox window itself without actually going for download command to local folder.

      Kalju - February 13, 2012

      Thanks, it’s a little better story.

Ashish Mundhra - February 15, 2012

That’s why I am not a fan of Firefox… Chrome is so much better !!

Jeff Gross - February 16, 2012

Hi Avi,
very useful post. My primary browser is Firefox and waiting on upload pdf docs is makes me nervous. Thanks on sharing!


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