How To Fix PDF Files Showing Up As A Blank Page in FireFox

//How To Fix PDF Files Showing Up As A Blank Page in FireFox

How To Fix PDF Files Showing Up As A Blank Page in FireFox

Recently, I realized that any PDF files that I was trying to view in my browser suddenly could not display. Whenever I click on a link to view a PDF file, I end up seeing a blank page. I didn’t do anything to Firefox, nor to Adobe Reader, and when I went to Tools > Options > Applications, everything was still under Adobe, so I didn’t understand what happened.

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It was until I went to Tools > Add-ons > Plugins that I realized that Foxit had installed a PDF viewer plugin. So I disabled it immediately from the menu. Problem was, the plugin was still there because there wasn’t an option to uninstall it, and I didn’t like having it hang around.

The solution was to physically delete the plugin, and this you can do by searching for “npFoxitReaderplugin.dll”, or by going to your Mozilla Firefox plugins directory (should be in your program files folder, /Mozilla Firefox/Plugins), and then deleting the offending .dll file. Once you do that, just restart Firefox, and you should have your PDF displaying properly now.

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By |2010-09-20T07:44:24+00:00September 26th, 2010|Tutorials & Tips|6 Comments

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.


  1. Ian Wardell December 21, 2010 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Doesn’t work. Still get blank page.

  2. Alvin December 21, 2010 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Do you have Foxit installed?

  3. A March 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much–this totally worked for me and it took me ages to find the right answer!

    • Alvin March 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      I had the same frustrations too until i finally discovered the solution – glad this post helped you out!

  4. Sarat May 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I could not find the “npFoxitReaderplugin.dl” file. Is there any other way to solve this issue?

  5. Ani July 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply


    I am having a similar problem. I filled out an application for a job on a PDF file, and when I email it out, it shows up blank to the receiver. What can I do to fix the problem? Can anyone help me?

    I would really appreciate it!

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