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Not prompted to save .pdf file after download

Published : Jun 18, 2005
Updated   : Mar 25, 2007
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When you click a link to a .PDF document, one of the following may happen depending upon the setting you chose in Adobe Acrobat Reader Preferences:

  • The PDF document opens in Internet Explorer window
  • The PDF document opens in Acrobat Reader

Enabling the Open/Save as prompt when downloading PDF files

If you don't want any of the above actions to happen when you click a PDF link (or a form button or javascript in a page launches the PDF file) in a website, and if you want the Open/save prompt for PDF files, use the following method.

Note: The following solution was tested with Acrobat Reader 7.0, and it may work in Acrobat Reader 8.0 as well.

  • Click Start, Run and type regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the following location:


  • Backup the branch to a file
  • In the right-pane, double-click the EditFlags value
  • Set the Value Data for EditFlags to 00 00 00 00 (REG_BINARY)

Note: If EditFlags value is missing, create a new value of type REG_BINARY

  • Repeat the same in this key:


  • Exit Registry Editor.