Firefox Wants to Open All of My PDFs


Firefox 32 learns an old Microsoft trick and decides to be way too helpful. This is how to undo it. It would be nice if Mozilla/Firefox posted this, but they don't. It would be even nicer if they didn't make this choice for you with out your knowledge or at least tossed in a copy of U2's new album.

Most of the time, Firefox as a PDF reader works fine. Unless you want to print reliably, copy and paste, or search. Hey, I work with 400 page PDFs. Search is good. Firefox should not have made this choice. It would not be bad if it was just PDFs in the browser, but it is not. It effects all of your PDFs.

 Nice how all of my PDFs are now Firefox Documents. Not!Nice how all of my PDFs are now Firefox Documents. Not!


This is how to undo this


Yes, there are still several million people running XP. Microsoft does not like you and would like it if you upgraded, but they still want $100 for that.

Click on any image to expand it.

Open any folder. This image is of My Documents.My Documents Click on Tools at the top and then Folder Options then File Types.


It should look something like this: Folder Options


Scroll down to .pdf. If you click near the top and then hit the p on the keyboard, you will jump down to the P's and it will go faster.


Click on Change Change File Type


Choose Adobe Reader Choose Adobe Reader


Close any open boxes.



That should be it. It may take a second or two for the icons to switch.

The process is the same in Windows 7 and 8 with a few subtle changes.

Go to Control Panel > Default Programs. You can also find Default Programs by clicking on the little blue question mark in the upper right hand corner of an open folder and type “Set default programs for a file type.” Default Programs on Control Panel


Choose Associate a file type or protocol with a program.


scroll to .pdf. You can get to the .p faster by clicking on an entry near the top of the list and then hitting the . and then the p. But, do this quickly. Windows may take you to the Ps not the .ps. File types


Choose Adobe Reader. Close all of the open boxes.

What if I don't have Adobe Reader as a choice?

Adobe Reader is a free download from Adobe.com Get Adobe Reader or http://www.adobe.com