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Safari Not Opening PDFs? – Here’s How To Fix It

Have you tried opening a PDF file in Safari only to encounter a blank page like this:

Well here is a simple fix to get PDFs showing again.

First quit Safari then head on up to the Finder menu and select GO then chose the Go To Folder option (You can also access this by holding SHIFT+⌘+G).

Type in the following directory /Library/Internet Plug-Ins and hit enter. A Finder window will open that should look something like the this:

Make a backup of the contents of this folder then delete the AdobePDFViewer.plugin and AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin.

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Relaunch Safari and try viewing a PDF, hopefully it should display just fine. If this doesn’t work for you please let me know in the comments!

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About the author

Chris

I've been a passionate evangelist for Apple and the Macintosh throughout my working life, my first love was a Quadra 605 working with a small creative agency in the south of Norfolk UK in the mid 1990's, I later progressed to other roles in other Macintosh dominated industries, first as a Senior graphic designer at a small printing company and then a production manager at Guardian Media Group. As the publishing and printing sector wained I moved into Internet Marketing and in 2006 co-founded blurtit.com which grew to become one the top 200 visited sites in the US (according to Quantcast), at its peak receiving over 15 million visits per month. For the last ten years I have worked as an Affiliate and Consultant to many different business and start ups, my key skill set being online marketing, on page monetisation, landing page optimisation and traffic generation, if you would like to hire me or discuss your current project please reach out to me here.

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