PDF files open in your Web browser instead of downloading to your hard disk

If a PDF file appears in your Internet browser window instead of downloading as a file, you may need to edit the MIME settings for QuickTime.

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  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
  2. From the View menu, choose QuickTime.
  3. Click the Plug-In tab.
  4. Click MIME settings.
  5. Click the disclosure triangle next to Images - Still image files.
  6. Click the checkbox by PDF Image to deselect it.
  7. Click OK.

Here is a workaround to save a file to disk if the PDF document opens in the browser window:


  1. Control-click in the browser window.
  2. From the pop-up menu, choose Save as Source.
  3. Click Save in the Save window.


: You may change the filename and download destination in the Save window.

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