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  • I use Adobe Acrobat DC. When I use Opera browser, and select a pdf document from the internet, 'it' wants to save the pdf document - but I want to VIEW the pdf document. how can i get Opera to allow me to view the pdf document? i've changed my privacy & security, content settings, pdf documents, to OFF on 'Download pdf files instead of automatically opening them in Opera', but 'it' still wants to save the pdf document. can someone help me? thank you.

  • @ddtmickey Not possible, you need to download it first.

  • @ddtmickey said in pdf viewing:

    to OFF on 'Download pdf files instead of automatically opening them in Opera',

    With that setting off (the default), clicking on a pdf file should show it in Opera in a tab with Opera's built-in viewer (the Chromium PDF viewer). If that's not working, do you have a link to the PDF that this happens with?

  • @burnout426
    it is all pdf files i try to view instead of save. example: i have never been able to view pdf file in Opera, without having to first save them. i have a yahoo email account and if an attachment is a pdf document, it wants me to save, i can't just view it. also, i have access to client's accounts (through my work). their documents are stored on a server and i have to save the pdf file in order to view it. this does not happen when i'm using internet explorer. when i open a client's account document, a box appears "do you want to open or save [pdf file name listed here] from []. And then i have the option to Open, Save, Cancel. i never get this option in Opera - it just takes me to a folder to save the pdf file. my work indicated it could be because of security settings, but i don't have this issue with internet explorer. thank you for your assistance,

  • When I go to this pdf file Opera loads it in its built-in pdf viewer. In opera://settings/content/pdfDocuments, "Download PDF files instead of viewing them in Opera" is disabled.

    I don't have any extensions in opera://extensions that would interfere with that. If you have some Adobe extension, disable it.

    If you can't get that to work at least, download the Opera installer, launch it, click "options", set "install path" to a folder named "Opera Test" on your desktop, set "install for" to "standalone installation", uncheck "Import data from default browser" and install. Test in that Opera (do not enable Opera sync in it) and goto the pdf file URL I mentioned above and test. It should open in Opera. Does it for you?

    Now, as Leo said, there's no way to automatically open the pdf file in Adobe Reader. Opera doesn't support that. Opera just allows you to download it and then launch it from the download dialog or from Windows Explorer. But, if you forget about Adobe and just use Opera's built-in PDF viewer, you should be fine. From Opera's built-in PDF viewer, you can choose to save the file you want if you ever need to open it in Adobe or something.

    There might be some cases where Opera doesn't automatically open the pdf file in Opera's built-in viewer. The case I'm thinking of is when there server sends the file to Opera with a Content-Disposition of "attachment". This tells the browser that it should download it. This situation might (haven't checked) force a download on you. An example of a site that would do this is a webmail service when you click on a link to an attachment for a message. If this is the case you're running into, then Opera's just doing what it's told to by the server. What does Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi and Brave do in this case?

  • In Opera, goto the URL opera://about and take note of the install path. Then, close Opera.

    In Windows, open a command prompt and type this command:

    "C:\Program Files\Opera\launcher.exe" --show-component-extension-options

    (where you use the path to your launcher.exe)

    Then, in Opera goto the URL opera://extensions and look for Opera "Chromium PDF Viewer" to make sure it's there. I don't see why it wouldn't be, but that's how you check.

  • Goto and select the PDF file in the download list. Select "Direct Link" for the "Download Kind". Then, select "No Content-Disposition Header" for the "Content-Disposition HTTP Header" and click "Download".

    Then, do the same, but select "Attachment".

    That'll show you how it's up to the site.