Avatar of Lisa_Lewald
Lisa_Lewald asked on

Add display pdf in browser option without reinstalling - Adobe Reader 8.1.2

We currently have Adobe Reader default set to not display the pdf in the browser.  There is a need to chang this and I'd like to do it without uninstalling and reinstalling.  I've been googling around, but not finding much.  
Adobe Acrobat

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment

8/22/2022 - Mon


Have you tried changing it in menu item Edit| preferences => Internet| tick box 'Display PDF in Browser?


Sorry, I forgot to add that I need to do this remotely.  As in a batch file or some other method to deploy this changed to about 1500 machines.

Closed Outlook
Renamed the following files to .old:

c:\documents & settings\userid\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook:  extend.dat
c:\documents & settings\userid\local settings\application data\microsoft\forms:  frmcache.dat
c:\documents & settings\userid\application data\microsoft\Outlook:  outcmd.dat, outlprnt, and views.dat

Copied the shortcut to users desktop to run Outlook with \cleanviews switch

Used the clean views to open Outlook.  
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

Sorry, added this to wrong question

I still need help with this issue, and haven't heard from anyone.   This is something I need to do to 1500 machines.  If uninstalling and reinstalling is the only answer, that is fine.  I'm just looking for alternatives.

Hi Lisa

There seems to be no reg hack or way of pushing this out in bulk. I suspect that this is user dependent and it also uses Windows Installer to modify.

I don't want to say for definite that there is no bulk option but it seems that way. In absence of other advice I will continue to have a look but cannot locate any indication to the contrary

Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.

I am working on this as well. We deployed 8.1.2 with the display in browser disabled, and there are handful of machines in our environment, which need that functionality turned on... In my testing today, seems v9.0 is easier to work with (may want to upgrade to that).

There appears to  a registry key, that this applies to (v8 & v9 listed below)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Originals]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals]

Now the problem I am running into is when we deploy with the MST, the option is diabled and we can no longer use the UI to reneable the setting. On, v9.X we have (in testing) been able to modify the registry setting to change behaviour, but on v8.1.2 we cannot get the registry modification to alter the behaviour in the app...

The other item, is the regsistry items are under current user, which makes it a bit more fun to attempt to execute remotely, but still doable with SMS, scripting, etc. Not sure what our next steps will be on this topic. Still researching a bit more.

Thanks for the comment.  I had an urgency with this and couldn't find any other solution except to uninstall and reinstall.  So, that is what I did and we are now in pilot phase.

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
See how we're fighting big data
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question

Hey just to add to this discussion waaaayyyy after the fact.  I recently had this same issue at a client, and I was able to successfully correct it by deleting two registry keys.  This was specific to Adobe Reader 9.

Delete the following two registry values, and the view in a web browser will work correctly for the user again.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Originals\bBrowserIntegration.

This can be done through a login script with the following .REG file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Originals]

Experts Exchange is like having an extremely knowledgeable team sitting and waiting for your call. Couldn't do my job half as well as I do without it!
James Murphy

Thanks.  When we upgrade to Reader 9, this will be very helpful.