Can't save as PDF

October 11, 2015 at 06:06:46
Specs: Windows 7
I'm trying to download the PDF files uploaded on my university e-learning site, but I can't save them on my computer as PDF..
I installed Adobe reader, but I don't think that was enough.
All that shows when saving as is "Firefox HTML document" and "All files"
What am I missing?

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October 11, 2015 at 11:19:02
If you're downloading pdf files, then you should be able to save them by right-clicking on the pdf, then save the file where you want.

Or, are you clicking to open the file, then trying to save the webpage?

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October 11, 2015 at 13:08:13
The reason for Adobe Reader is to allow you to read pdf files once you've got them. It is NOT necessary for you to have that program to allow you to "download" a pdf file. You should just be able to download it and Save it (pdf) in the normal way. Something you are doing is wrong or there is a problem on the website you are getting it from.

Once you have the file you need the reader. Alternatively the reader should also be able to display the pdf while you are online without downloading and saving the file.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 11, 2015 at 18:26:58
I think you're saving the link to the pdf download and not the download itself. Sometimes getting to a pdf document is a two step process. You click on an html link and that link takes you to the actual file.

What happens if you just click on the URL and let the file open on your computer? Assuming that works just save it using adobe reader after it loads.

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October 11, 2015 at 19:35:09
Some browsers (Firefox and probably others) have the option to open PDF files as embedded within a web page. To use the other option which is to open it in Reader, you have to go to Tools>Internet Options>Applications and select the drop down menu to the right of the PDF files and select 'Adobe Reader' instead of 'Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)' as an option. Do this for all PDF types and exit. Then you will get them to open directly in Reader and saving them as PDF is very easy. The other option as mentioned above is to select Save instead of Open and the files should be saved as the default PDF directly to your default download location (usually Downloads if you did not change it).

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October 11, 2015 at 23:22:50
I told my PDF reader (Foxit) not to display PDF files in the browser, but
after clicking a link to a PDF file in Internet Explorer, I still get the option
to display it in the browser, along with options to Save or Save As.

I suspect that when viewing a PDF in a browser, it is treated as HTML,
so the browser can only give you options to save it as a web page.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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October 11, 2015 at 23:55:54
I think it's just because he doesn't have a direct link to the pdf file. The lnk he has is just another web page. He's clicking 'save file as' and only downloads the web page in html format.

Sometimes clicking on the link goes seamlessly through the page to the download and you don't notice that's going on. Other times you'll click on it and another page opens with a warning or license agreement or something similar. We've all seen that.

I've run across that often especially when downloading mp3s. I'll get what looks to be a direct link and choose 'save file as' and only get an html page. I think if he is doing it that way he'll notice the file he's trying to save isn't named the same as the pdf file he wants to download.

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