How to Find the Missing Plug-ins for Adobe Reader

by Ray Padgett
The Adobe Reader plug-in includes a glitch that makes it disappear from browser plug-in menus.

The Adobe Reader plug-in includes a glitch that makes it disappear from browser plug-in menus.

Adobe Reader offers a browser plug-in to let you view PDF files in Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Although useful, it contains an error that makes it occasionally disappear from browsers -- Firefox in particular -- when you try to enable it. To display the missing plug-in, you have to reset it in the Adobe Reader preferences.

Quit your Web browser.

Open "Adobe Reader."

Select "Preferences" from the "Edit" menu, and click the "Internet" tab.

Unselect "Display PDF in Browser" and click "OK." If it is already not selected, you can skip this step.

Return to the "Internet" tab, but this time select "Display PDF in Browser" and click "OK."

Open your Web browser again. Toggling the Reader preferences will have fixed the issue.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Ray Padgett has been writing about music and technology since his 2009 graduation from Dartmouth College. He has a degree in religion, with a minor in English. He has been published in SPIN.com and in "The Celebrity Café," "The Noise" and an upcoming Bob Dylan anthology.

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