Displaying pdf files on Safari 5.1.7

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Drogba88
Drogba88 Regular Member • Posts: 207
Displaying pdf files on Safari 5.1.7

Maybe someone on this forum knows the answer to this question.  I am using v.5.1.7 of Safari which will not display a pdf file.    All I get is a black page.   Have checked preferences but no reference there to pdf files.   I am using OS Snow Leopard 10.6.8.   Any help would be much appreciated.

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seeblue
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Re: Displaying pdf files on Safari 5.1.7

Check: "Safari > Preferences > Security > Enable plug-ins > check-mark"

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Tom_N
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Re: Displaying pdf files on Safari 5.1.7

Another place to check might be Safari > Preferences > General… > Open "safe" files after downloading ("Safe" files include movies, pictures, sounds, PDF and text documents, and archives).

I believe it is recommended to leave this turned off.

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I had this same problem AFTER I clicked "print" and the page would be entirely !  I finally determined that if I would scroll to the bottom of the page (only a line or two was needed) the pdf instructions for "print" would become visible !  The "black page" went away !  Try this - hopefully it will work.

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Re: Displaying pdf files on Safari 5.1.7

"Enable plug-ins" is ticked.    Must be something else.

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Re: Displaying pdf files on Safari 5.1.7

Nope, it's not that.     Frustrating.    Maybe I've just got a bad copy and will have to reinstall.    But thanks anyway.    --

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Yes, I noticed that instruction in Safari Help, but there are no buttons at the bottom of the page that I could find.      The mystery deepens!

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Re: Displaying pdf files on Safari 5.1.7

Peter Parsons wrote:

Maybe someone on this forum knows the answer to this question. I am using v.5.1.7 of Safari which will not display a pdf file. All I get is a black page. Have checked preferences but no reference there to pdf files. I am using OS Snow Leopard 10.6.8. Any help would be much appreciated.

Most likely something with the pdf browser plugins is screwed up (eg, the version of Safari and the version of the plugin are not compatible). Just go to /Library/Internet Plug-ins (and to ~/Library/Internet Plug-ins) and delete everything with pdf in the name (if you want to be safe, copy them to somewhere else first). Restart Safari and things should work again.

This works because Safari can display pdfs without the help of a plugin (but Firefox, at least for a very long time, needed one). Thus just chucking out the not properly working pdf plugins thus allows Safari to display the pdfs and not handing them over to a non-functioning plugin.

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Drogba88
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Re: Displaying pdf files on Safari 5.1.7

Thankyou Noirdesir.     You were absolutely spot on!     I found two Adobe plugins in the Library - Adobe PDF Viewer plugin and Adobe PDF Viewer NPAPI plugin.    I chucked both of them out, restarted Safari, went to a web site and downloaded a pdf, and abracadbra, everything worked perfectly.   I also use Firefox as a second browser, and sometimes it installs plugins automatically.    That could have caused the problem on Safari.

Anyway, my grateful thanks for your help.

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