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Chapter 15. PDF Files and the Web > Reading PDF Pages Online

Reading PDF Pages Online

PDF files can be viewed live on the Internet by Netscape and Internet Explorer Web browsers. If the Web servers hosting the pages are configured properly, and the PDFs themselves are optimized, the pages are sent one at a time, so if a reader wants to view just pages 1, 3, 16, and 243, he doesn't get the entire 300-page document downloaded. Normally, the Acrobat or Acrobat Reader Installer configures your Web browsers to read PDFs online. This section shows you how to set up your browser manually, just in case.

To set up your Web browser to read PDF files:

1.
Open your Adobe Acrobat folder/directory.

A window appears, showing its contents (Figure 15.1).

Figure 15.1. The Web Browser Plug-in folder is inside the Adobe Acrobat 5.0 folder or directory.


2.
Open the Web Browser Plug-In folder/directory.

A window appears that contains the PDFViewer icon (Figure 15.2).

Figure 15.2. You will find the PDFViewer plug-in icon in the Web Browser Plug-In window.


3.
Open your browser's folder/directory in a different window.

4.
Drag the PDFViewer icon into the browser's Plug-Ins folder/directory (Figure 15.3).

Figure 15.3. Drag the PDFViewer icon into the Plug-Ins folder of your Web browser.


The next time you run your Web browser, you'll be able to read PDF files with it.


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