How to disable Adobe Reader XI from displaying PDF documents in Internet Explorer

Update: Adobe has instructions on their website: http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/display-pdf-browser-acrobat-xi.html

For some reason, the option to turn off showing PDF documents in the web browser has disappeared in Adobe Reader XI. This option can now be found under the Accessibility Setup Assistant.

1. Go to Edit > Accessibility > Setup Assistant…
2. Click Next
3. Click Next
4. Click Next
5. Click Next
5. Uncheck the box next to “Display PDF documents in the web browser”

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4 responses to “How to disable Adobe Reader XI from displaying PDF documents in Internet Explorer

  1. Hey. you just earned me some kudos with this. Thank you very much for that!

  2. If you follow Adobe instructions, they just advise to disable the IE PDF add-on.
    Some PC’s we have found still open in a browser when the add-on is disabled.

    Disabling this way fixes the problem.

    FYI – If you want to push this setting via a reg file/command line/GPO tI found the registry key which needs to be created:

    reg add “HKCU\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\Originals” /v bBrowserIntegration /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    or using a .reg file:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\Originals]
    “bBrowserIntegration”=dword:00000000

  3. @RhysB the problem is that in IE11, you don’t see the PDF add-on and so you can’t disable it.
    For a user it’s still more friendly to open the Adobe program and configure it instead of executing a *.reg file (he also needs access rights to do that).

    This workaround works just fine as it is!
    thanks Partrick

  4. If you have Acrobat XI Standard,

    1. Go to Tools > Accessibility > Setup Assistant…
    2. Click Next
    3. Click Next
    4. Click Next
    5. Click Next
    5. Uncheck the box next to “Display PDF documents in the web browser”

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