9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2013 5:59 PM by Graeme11
Graeme11 Level 1 (0 points)

After downloading a pdf from a website, how can I view the file in Safari 6.0.4 (just as I can in Safari 5.0.6)?  I bet that it's simple, but I've missed something, somewhere, and a solution will be greatly appreciated.


iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 (52,237 points)

    Double click on the PDF, answer the dialog prompt and the file will open in the Preview app.

  • Graeme11 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Kirk,

    Thank's for your efforts, and I just wish that this was the solution.  Unfortunately, it isn't because, after double-clicking on the pdf in the website, it simply "opens" in another Safari window as a black screen - the pdf is there, somewhere, but not visible (either as an icon, or as a document). 

     

    When I right-click in the black Safari window, where the file is supposed to be, the only option available to display the file is to "Open file in Internet Explorer" (which is not what I want to do).  Other options include saving or printing the pdf, which I don't want until I've confirmed that it's the form that I want.  The same options are offered if I right-click on the file icon in the website.

     

    Any other suggestions, please?

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 (52,237 points)

    Control click on the PDF and choose Preview from the Open with selection.

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)

    does Safari - Help - Installed Plug-Ins show some pdf viewer, other than WebKit built-in PDF ?

    often it's an adobe plug-in(s), but whatever it is doesn't seem to work, and needs to be removed from

    /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ or the same folder in your Home Library.

     

    A few sites don't work well with pdf's & safari - can you see these as expected ?

    If so, the other site is likely causing a problem. If not, likely a plug-in as described above.

  • Graeme11 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Andy,

     

    Many thank's for what appears to be possibly very helpful advice, but it's just a tad over my head.  I'll try to understand the leads, and follow through, then will let you know how I get on.

     

    Cheers, GJ.

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)

    Hi Graham

     

    start with Safari - Help menu - Installed Plug-Ins... if you see nothing mentioning pdf, except for "WebKit built-in PDF", then I'm on the wrong track re plug-ins

  • Graeme11 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Andy,

    Thank's for your persistence, it's very much appreciated.  Installed Plug-ins includes a comprehensive listing for pdf (including Adobe Acrobat), as well as the WebKit Built-in PDF. 

     

    Following on from your earlier advice, should I remove these from /Library/Internet Plug-ins (and I'm assuming that they would be replaced, somehow)?

     

    This is delving into the "deep and dark", for me, so I won't try anything until I hear from you.

     

    Thank's,

    GJ.

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)

    Hi Graeme

     

    quit any open browsers, then trash the  file(s) with pdf in the name from .../Internet Plug-Ins/  - you'll normally be asked for an admin name/password.

     

    Then locate the file(s) in your trash folder & drag them out to a folder of yours, or the desktop - then you can readily replace them later if necessary for some pdf's that don't display with the built-in.

     

    You should now find that Safari - Help - Installed Plug-Ins shows only the built-in, and that pdf's at apple display norrmally in Safari

  • Graeme11 Level 1 (0 points)

    Andy, you're a treasure... that worked a treat.

     

    Many thank's, and you can have the rest of the day/night off..!

     

    Cheers, GJ.