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Safari 5.1.2 causing problems with pdf saving

1796 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2012 10:09 AM by renniepatrice RSS
jawarrenjr Calculating status...
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Dec 1, 2011 2:38 PM

I have installed Safari 5.1.2, and now I can't save some documents as pdf (or print/save to pdf), which I could do before.  It appears files are being displayed as web content.  Would rather they display with Preview, or download to the desktop as pdf.  How do I disable this new "feature" of 5.1.2 & go back to the way it worked before?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    Dec 1, 2011 2:58 PM (in response to jawarrenjr)

    Right or control click a PDF file  you have stored on the drive then click Get Info.


    Click the pop up menu where you see:  Open with


    Select Preview then click Change All.

  • Freyjai Calculating status...
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    Dec 10, 2011 2:37 PM (in response to jawarrenjr)

    I would also love to disable this feature. I really don't like it when .pdf files open up in my browser. It is very frustrating to have had the option before to disable pdf display in Safari but now being forced to go through extra steps to save the files.


    Can anyone please inform me whether there is still an option to turn this unwelcome feature off?

  • CurtK Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2011 8:42 AM (in response to jawarrenjr)

    I am having the same issue... it's really rough on the workflow I'm used to.  I see there is nothing in prefrences to revert back to the previous way, but maybe someone who knows terminal could hook us up

  • Phil Chappell Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2011 7:36 PM (in response to CurtK)

    Ditto here MAJOR pain for people accessing pdf files who want to save them (such as saving in a reference manager). Bring back that lovely pop up window that enables you to save, export etc)

  • Ed Nature Calculating status...
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    Jan 2, 2012 4:21 PM (in response to jawarrenjr)

    I have been printing shipping labels (which I think are PDFs) from the US Postal Service, but after upgrading to 5.2.1 this function failed. USPS customer service advised me to revert to a previous version of Safari. If this is a flaw in the software, I hope it will be fixed in the next upgrade. Are you listening, Apple?

  • jwarner1 Calculating status...
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    Jan 14, 2012 9:18 AM (in response to jawarrenjr)

    I have the same issue with Safari 5.1.2 and hope that Apple will soon restore the pop-up window that worked so easily in previous versions of Safari.


    Builiding on the process posted by Carolyn Samit and jawarrenjr....  Although it takes a couple of extra steps, the following process saves a signficant amount of disc space:


    1. Contol - Click to get the 'Reload Page, Open in Dashboard..., Open PDF in New Window, Open PDF in New Tab, Save PDF As...' pop-up window.

    2. Click on 'Open PDF in New Window'  The pop-up window we all know and want restored is back!

    3. Download the file/document using the old pop-up window.

    4. Open the file/document from the Downloads stack or other method you like.  The file opens in Preview.

    5. Click File, Save As... to save the PDF file.


    Saving the file opened in Step 2 took 1.9 MB.  Saving the file in step 5 took 365 KB - less than 1/5 the space.

  • renniepatrice Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2012 10:09 AM (in response to jawarrenjr)

    This has been driving me nuts for two years, but today I finally saw a solution.


    Simply "right-click" on the open browser page if you have a mouse that does this.


    One of the options you should see in your pop-up menu is "Open with Acrobat Pro." Click on this.


    You now have a regular PDF that will print fine.


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