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I prefer Foxit Reader over Google Docs, but whenever I receive a PDF file over Gmail I have to either download it or view it in Google Docs.

Is there a script (or any other way) to open Gmail PDF files on my browser's standard PDF reader (Foxit) instead of Google Docs?

If it's relevant, I use Firefox and Windows.

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If you activate the Foxit Reader Firefox plugin (which can be done when installing Foxit Reader or through Firefox' Tools menu->Add-ons->Plugins->Foxit Reader Plugin for Mozilla), you can then click the attachment link Download (instead of View) and you will get the option to see it in Firefox through that plugin.

You cannot use Foxit reader without downloading the attachment. It will however be downloaded to a temp folder and removed once you close the firefox tab where the document is being displayed.

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Well that's simple =). I do have the plugin installed, and would have seen this if I hadn't set firefox to automatically skip the "Download or open" messagebox. Thanks. –  Malabarba Oct 18 '09 at 22:12

You can choose print from the file menu, then cancel print. Google docs switches to Adobe Reader in order to print.

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stevieB's answer is correct -- if you print then cancel printing, this is apparently the only way to force gmail to use your browser's MIME type association for displaying content instead of ramming google docs' viewers down your throat. This is extremely frustrating as Safari has a REAL and fast in-browser PDF viewer that lets me see PDF content correctly without having to go through the painful download,wait,close download window,open downloads folder,figure out which file is the one i just downloaded,double click,wait for app to open,and finally view.

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