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Configuring Navigator to Use Acrobat Reader as a Helper App

When you configure Navigator to use an Acrobat viewer as a helper application, Navigator starts the viewer, then displays PDF files within the separate Acrobat viewer window.

NOTE: Make sure the nppdf32.dll file or the nppdf16.dll file is not installed in the Netscape\Navigator\Programs\Plugins directory or the Netscape\Communicator\Program\Plugins directory. The nppdf32.dll or nppdf16.dll file should be installed only in the Acrobat3 directory. If the file is installed in any other directory, Navigator will open the Acrobat viewer as a plug-in and cannot use the viewer as a helper application.

Items you should click on are in bold.
Items you should type are in fixed-pitch.

To configure Navigator 4.x to use Acrobat as a helper application:

  1. Choose Edit...Preferences.
  2. In the left pane, select Navigator, then select Applications.
  3. Click New Type.
  4. Type the following information in the text fields:
    • For the Description of Type, use Portable Document Format
    • For the File Extension, use pdf
    • For the MIME Type, use application/pdf

    • If you want to use Acrobat as a helper application. Click Browse, then locate the Acrobat Reader 3.0x application file(usually C:\Acrobat3\Reader\AcroRd32.exe) and click Open.
    • If you want to save PDF files to disk, click on Save to Disk.
  5. Click OK to close the New Type dialog box.
  6. Restart Navigator.

To configure Navigator 3.x to use Acrobat as a helper application:

  1. Start Navigator.
  2. Choose Options...General Preferences, then select Helpers.
  3. If "application/pdf" is listed in the File Type scroll box, select it and go to step 7.
  4. Click Create New Type.
  5. Type application in the Mime Type text box.
  6. Type pdf in the Mime Subtype text box, then click OK.
  7. If you want to save your PDF files to disk, click on Save to Disk and go to step 9. Otherwise click Browse.
  8. Select Launch Application. Locate and select the Acrobat Reader 3.0x application file(usually, C:\Acrobat3\Reader\AcroRd32.exe) then click Open.
  9. Type pdf in the Extensions text box.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Restart Navigator.

To reestablish the original Netscape Navigator settings, reinstall Acrobat Reader 3.0x.

This document primarily contains information from Adobe FaxYI document 731007 and is ©1995,1996,1997,1999 Adobe Systems Incorporated. As such, we provide these instructions as a service to our customers only and cannot provide support for the instructions contained in this document. You may receive the full text of this document by sending email to with 731007 as the subject.

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