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WebBrowser Control in Access 2010 opens PDF file in Acrobat, not in form

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In Access 2010, I created a test form with a single control, a WebBrowser control. The control has a valid PDF file as its control source: ="F:\My Data Sources\TestDocs\TestFile01.pdf".

When I open the form, the file is displayed in Acrobat X (V. 10.1.2) and nothing shows in the Webbrowser control.

How can I get the PDF to display directly in the form's webbrowser control rather than in Acrobat?
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Question by:Pelegrinus
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by:Norie
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How is your browser set to display PDFs?
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by:Pelegrinus
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In my IE browser, I typed in the location of the file as shown in my original post and it opened the file in Acrobat. I'm looking to see how I can change that, but any recommendations on how I can do it would be appreciated.
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by:Norie
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You can open Acrobat Reader, goto Edit>Preferences..., select Internet and check Display PDF in browser.
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by:Pelegrinus
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I've now tried that, with no luck. But, on a "dare," I downloaded Acrobat Reader, even though I have a working Acrobat X application working well. Immediately after I installed Reader, both the IE browser and my WebBrowser control display PDF files directly. I don't know exactly what I fixed, but I now have a working application. Thank you for your help.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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FWIW...

No need to set a cotrolsource of the web browser...

"Navigate" to the file instead:

Me.WebBrowser0.Navigate "c:\YourFolder\Yourpdf.pdf"

This works with the reader of the full version, ..no need to install both if you don't have to...
(Remember the full version is big $$$, and not all machines my have it installed)

JeffCoachman
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by:Pelegrinus
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Is there a difference between a web browser object and a web browser control object? I seem to have the ability to use only the web browser control object, and I have to use the syntax:

me.WebBrowser0.Object.Navigate "PathAndFile"

Are we talking about the same things?
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Jeffrey Coachman earned 500 total points
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LOL!
I believe we are referring to the same thing.

Over the past 10 years I have seen at least 4 different (syntax) ways to do this.
..Basically, you just pick the one that works for you...
;-)

But again, I have never actually seen the webbrowser controlsource property used, (Because the control is typically used to display "Web" data,)

So since .Navigate will work in either case (Disc files or web pages), then most people will just stick with that .Navigate...

;-)

Jeff
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Thanks!
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