How do I use the PDF-XChange plugins 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
Viewing in Internet Explorer
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 within 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. If they do not, see the steps on "disabling protected mode" below.
**NOTE: After clicking Apply, the value will change back to Do not Change, this is intended and simply means that further consecutive presses will not attempt to make changes to this value again. This helps to prevent users from receiving repeated UAC prompts.
The second step is to adjust the Internet Options for Internet Explorer and Disable Protected Mode:
1. Move to the Control Panel of the local computer.
2. Click Internet Options. The Internet Properties dialog box will open. Click the Security tab and ensure that the Enable Protected Mode box is not selected, as detailed below. This disables protected mode in Internet Explorer, which is necessary in order to run the Tracker Software applications.
3. If the box is selected then clear it and click Apply. If you are running Internet Explorer 11 then a warning will appear that states: "The current security settings will put your computer at risk." This is an automatic system response - your computer is not at any risk. Click OK.
Please note that if you do not have the most recent version of Internet Explorer installed on your computer, then it is highly recommended that you update your version and restart your computer as soon as possible.If you want to make PDF-XChange applications the default PDF programs for other browsers then please see KB#303.
PDF-XChange Viewer (discontinued)
Setting PDF-XChange Viewer as the default application for viewing documents in Internet Explorer is a two-step process. The first step is to ensure that the software is set to display PDFs in browsers:
1. Click Edit in the Menu Toolbar.
2. Click Preferences.
3. Click File Associations in the Categories window.
4. Select the Display PDF in Browser box:
5. Click OK.
The second step is to confirm that PDF-XChange Viewer is the default PDF application in Internet Explorer:
1. Move to the Control Panel of the local computer.
2. Move to the Programs tab of the Internet Properties dialog box and click Manage Add-ons:
3. In the Manage Add-ons dialog box, move to the Tracker Software section:
4. If the status is Disabled for the PDF-XChange V6 IE Plugin then select it and click Enable.
Browser helper, 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 most reliable way to 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 most reliable way to 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.
Please note that, much like Google Chrome, and Firefox above, Microsoft Edge does not allow for viewing plugins to be enabled. Edge should prompt you asking what to do the first time you download a PDF document, and offer an option to automatically open it in your Default PDF application.
Converting From MS Edge
Much like above, the current most reliable way to convert a webpage is to simply Print from the browser and select our PDF-XChange Printers.
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