Open PDFs in your browser (well, Firefox) faster

First published on November 20, 2006

I dread opening PDFs in my browser. They’re so slow to load (with Adobe Acrobat and Reader) and sometimes they even crash my browser. This is even more painful when in Firefox (which I otherwise love), with several tabs open at once.

Well, if you are in the same boat, say goodbye to this problem. It can be solved quite simply by 1) using Foxit Reader as your default PDF reader; and 2) not opening PDFs in your browser to being with.

1) Why Foxit? It’s small, resource-light, and loads quickly. That’s all you need to know, really. Anyway, download Foxit here.

2) To stop opening PDFs in Firefox, click Tools… Options. Then, select the Downloads tab. Then, click View & Edit actions… Then, find the row for PDF and click Change Action… Finally, select Foxit as the designated application:

The fastest PDF reader

There’s a way to do this in Internet Explorer too, but I’ll leave that up to you!

So far, programs with “fox” in their name are quite good.


2 Responses to “Open PDFs in your browser (well, Firefox) faster”

  1. Karstosis says:


    My biggest pet-peeve is solved!


  2. Michelle says:

    Foxit is great! It is quick, small and effective. The crashing/freezing problems courtesy of Adobe are completely absent with Foxit.

    Try it and tell everyone else!

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