How do I use the PDF-XChange plugin to display/convert PDFs in/from web browsers?
Q: When I click a PDF link on a web page it does not open in the PDF-XChange Editor/Viewer plugin.
A: When PDF links are clicked they open in either the web browser or the default application for viewing PDF files. The browser-specific settings determine how PDF links are opened.
Q: I would like to convert the webpage directly from my web brower to PDF format, how do I do this?
A: Converting directly can be done with our browser addon included with our PDF-XChange printer
By Default, IE will use the same PDF viewing application as you have set in Windows, under Settings > apps > default apps.
To use our plugin to view PDF's directly wihin IE you must have the application installed (portable versions do not work):
- Open the PDF-XChange Editor, and Enter the Preferences (Ctrl+K)
- Under the File Associations category, set the View PDF files in Internet Explorer option to Yes.
(Note that "File associations" are only available to the installed versions of the Editor, not the portable versions)
- Restart both the PDF-XChange Editor, and your Internet Explorer browser.
- Now any links to download a PDf document should instead open within that window in IE.
Note that in most cases it will also be necessary to enable our Browser helper addon, as detailed below.
Browser helper, and converting from IE
To setup IE to directly utilize our PDF-XChange Standard conversion plugin, as well as enable to browser helper:
- Open Internet Explorer and press F10 to open the Menu Toolbar.
- Click Tools and then click Manage add-ons:
The Manage Add-ons dialog box will open.
- Click Toolbars and Extensions in the Add-on Types menu, then select All add-ons in the Show dropdown menu:
- Select the PDF-XChange IE Plugin. (Please note that there will ususally be two PDF-XChange IE Plugins listed, as shown below. Enable both:
If there are PDF add-ons listed for other PDF products, such as Adobe Acrobat, then ensure they are disabled in order to avoid conflicts.
Please note that the settings in Google Chrome changed in build 57 and it is no longer possible to determine the default PDF viewer when Google Chrome is used to view documents. However, it is possible to change the settings so that documents are downloaded and opened in PDF-XChange Editor instead of being viewed online, as detailed here.
Converting From Chrome
The only method to reliably convert a webpage from Google Chrome to PDF currently is to utilize our PDF-XChange Printers (Standard or Lite). To do this, simply press print (Ctrl+P), and choose our printer from the list.
Please note that Mozilla Firefox no longer offers support for NPAPI plugins, which means it is not possible to view PDFs in that browser as the relevant plugin for PDF-XChange Editor does not support it. However, it is possible to change the settings so that documents are opened in PDF-XChange Editor instead of being viewed online, as detailed here.
Converting From Firefox
The only method to reliably convert a webpage from Mozilla Firefox to PDF currently is to utilize our PDF-XChange Printers (Standard or Lite). To do this, simply press print (Ctrl+P), and choose our printer from the list.
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