Why does IE 7 & 8 not honor user choice "Open links from other programs in: A new tab in the current window"? RRS feed

  • Question

  • 1) OS Name: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    System type: X86-based PC

    2) Adobe Reader X 10.1.0
    Adobe Reader 9.4.5
    IE 8.0.6001.18702CO
    IE 7.0.5730.13CO

    3) What is expected to happen using any combination of the above, is when one clicks:

    IE -> Tools -> Internet Options -> under Tabs button settings -> When a pop-up is encountered: Always open pop-ups in a new tab -> Open links from other programs in: A new tab in the current window.

    then open a PDF document with a hyperlink in IE or standalone Adobe Reader -> click a hyperlink -> it opens a new tab in a currently open IE window.

    4) What happens instead is if the PDF file is open in IE, the currently focused tab goes to the hyperlink destination. If the PDF file is open in Adobe Reader, it will open the hyperlink destination in the last actively focused tab in IE, instead of opening a new one. Why does IE7 & 8 not honor the user's preference?

    Monday, January 30, 2012 6:32 PM

All replies

  • Hi,


    There’s some tests you can try:



    1.    Open Adobe Reader

    2.    Click on “Edit” on the toolbar.

    3.    Select “Preferences” at the bottom of the Edit list.

    4.    Select “Internet” in the list of features on the left-side of the Preferences window.

    5.    Check “Display PDF in browser” and “Allow fast web view” 




    1.    Open IE.

    2.    Click on “Tools” , select "Internet Options"

    3.    Click on the “Advanced” tab in the Internet Options window.

    4.    Under the Security section, uncheck the “Do not save encrypted pages to disk”

    Click on the “OK” button to save the changes



    Leo   Huang

    Leo Huang

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 6:10 AM
  • Leo Huang, thank you for your response.

    Unfortunately, I tried all permutations of both tests in:

    Adobe Reader 9.4.5
    IE 7.0.5730.13CO

    and none fixed the problem. :( Did you try your suggestion before you posted it and it worked for you? If so, What version of Reader and IE?

    If not, do you have another suggestion that you tested yourself and it worked?

    - Christopher M. Penalver

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 6:00 PM