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How can I disable viewing of PDF-files in browser in Adobe Reader XI?

Oct 15, 2012 9:10 AM

Hi everyone


After I have upgraded to Adobe Reader XI, I not longer can find the checkbox under settings>Internet, where I can disable that Adobe Reader XI viewing PDF-files in my browser.

If I instead press on the button, I can see in the dialog box Adobe refers to an article there give me instruction to turn off the viewing of PDF-files via my browser settings. When I follow these instructions, I can see that the plug-in to Adobe is disabled when I not viewing PDF-files in my browser, and enabled when I viewing PDF-files in my browser.



  1. 1. Why has Adobe removed the checkbox where I can disable viewing of PDF-files in my browser?
  2. 2. How can I now disable and enable viewing of PDF in my browser?


My operating system is Windows 7 64-bit, and my browser is Internet Explorer 8.


Very thanks.




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    Oct 15, 2012 10:38 AM   in reply to Boholdt
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    Oct 17, 2012 12:26 PM   in reply to Boholdt



    Please try the following steps to disable Adobe Reader browser plug-in in IE8:

    1. Launch IE8

    2. Click on Tools menu > Manage Add-ons

    3. Select "Toolbars and Extensions" under "Add-on Types"

    4. Select "Run without permission" from the drop-down menu under "Show"

    5. Select ""Adobe PDF Reader"

    6. Click on the "Disable" button

    7. Click on "Close" button to dismiss the "View and Manage your Internet Explorer add-ons" dialog

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    Feb 26, 2014 1:52 PM   in reply to Boholdt

    If you follow Adobe instructions, they just advise to disable the IE PDF add-on.

    Some PC’s we have found still open in a browser even when the PDF browser add-on is disabled.



    Disabling using Adobe Reader Accessibility assitant fixed the problem.

    FYI – If you want to push this setting via a reg file/command line/GPO I found the registry key which needs to be created:


    reg add “HKCU\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\Originals” /v bBrowserIntegration /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f


    or using a .reg file:


    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\Originals]


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