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5. Manipulating PDF Files > 68. Force PDF Download Rather than Online Reading

Force PDF Download Rather than Online Reading

Prevent your online PDF from appearing inside the browser.

Some PDF documents on the Web are intended for online reading, but most are intended for download and then offline reading or printing. You can prevent confusion by ensuring your readers get the Save As . . . dialog when they click your Download Now PDF link. Here are a few ways to do this.

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Keep in mind that any online PDF can be downloaded. If your online PDF is hyperlinked to integrate with your web site, you should take precautions against these links being broken upon download.

One option is to use only absolute URLs throughout your PDF.

Another option is to set the Base URL of your PDF. In Acrobat 6, consult File Document Properties Advanced Base URL. In Acrobat 5, consult File Document Properties Base URL.


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