Re: for the third time, filling out a PDF

JM Casey

Opening pdfs and only loading single pages is, I believe, even the default adobe behaviour to this day, unless you change it, which certainly makes many features, like the find command, much more convenient.

In firefox, if you press pgdn or arrow past the bottom of a page, a new page will load. You just have to give it a second or two.

Whether it’s the best method or not wasn’t really the question, but I felt the need to contradict the person who stated that Firefox cannot open PDF files; it sure can.

I do not use Edge, but there are so many ways to open and read pDF files at this point that one would almost be better off asking the question, what *doesn’t** open pdf files.

That doesn’t mean though that forms are easilyf illable, and that seems to be the experience most people are having.



From: <> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: May 18, 2022 04:22 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] for the third time, filling out a PDF


I've tried opening PDF files with Firefox.  It only, in my experience, loads one or perhaps a small number of pages at a time and that is very inconvenient.  I find Edge to be a very efficient way to read PDF documents because it loads very long documents, even book length documents in perhaps six or ten seconds, as a guess.  I haven't loaded long documents enough to give really accurate times.

I haven't tried filling out forms.  I have found that tables are not preserved as tables but reading straight text works very well if the text is formatted so it can be shown in the correct order in the first place.

Also, by default, Edge returns to the last page you were reading when you open a document again.

On 5/18/2022 3:03 PM, JM Casey wrote:

Firefox can indeed open pdf files, and has been able to do so for quite a few years. Theya re readable with screen-readers using this browser. Not sure about filling them out, though. 
When I had to fill out a whole crapload of immigration forms, I used Adobe Acrobat Pro.
-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Cearbhall O'Meadhra
Sent: May 18, 2022 03:45 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] for the third time, filling out a PDF
I have watched the messages all day and held back while so many were answering you.
Firstly, Firefox cannot read PDF files. You need either edge or Chrome or Adobe.
If you want to open the .pdf file in Word then use the context menu to open it with word.
Here are the steps:
1. locate the file you want to open;
2. Press shift + f10 or the application key beside the right control key; 3. Press "n"  twice until you hear "Open With"; 5. press right arrow and down until you hear "Microsoft Word" and press enter.
The file will then open in Word.
All the best,
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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Bob Cavanaugh
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:19 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] for the third time, filling out a PDF
To answer your question, I just tried opening said file in Firefox, and it doesn't see the edit fields. My machine doesn't give me the option by default to open the file in Word, just Adobe Reader and the two browsers, Edge and Firefox. I actually thought I could get by with only using Firefox to read PDF files, but when I thought I needed to fill out the form I'm currently using as a test case a couple months ago, that's when I downloaded Adobe Reader.
Gene, to answer your question about System Access, I could try that to use this PDF, but I've never installed it, and I'm not sure SA To Go works with Edge. Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer will not work on Windows 10 within the next month I believe, so that may work to fill out the PDF in question, but that's not going to be a long term solution.
On 5/18/22, Faithville via <faithville@...> wrote:
Use adobeacrobat reader dc to fill out pdf forms.
On 5/18/2022 2:46 AM, Gabriele Battaglia via wrote:
Reply to Bob Cavanaugh's message, wrote on 18/05/2022 at 06:17:
Hi. To me it's not possible. At least I've never find a consistant 
way to do it.
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