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I keep getting this error when trying to open a PDF file from a government source:

it appears your web browser is not configured to display PDF files

The PDF opens on my laptop, but not on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2.0.

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Do you have a PDF reader installed? Most likely the error is at least partially correct - the browsers won't be able to open it by themselves. Have you tried saving the PDF to your device (long press the link then "save as..." or something of that nature typically)? – eldarerathis Feb 19 '13 at 17:15
Thanks for your help - I have adobe reader installed, tried installing Firefox to see if it would work that way but no. So I uninstalled Adobe and installed Office Suite to try view the PDF and that hasn't worked either, is it possible that the website owner just hasn't made it possible for them to be viewed on a Tablet PC or Smartphone? It's fine on my laptop and it's the exact same website on my laptop as on my Tab and Smartphone, it's very annoying – Swoon Feb 19 '13 at 17:48
Yeah, that could be something on the website's end. It's possible they've set up the PDF link in such a way that it doesn't play nice with the mobile browsers (like some kind of Javascript redirect or embedded reader, perhaps). If that's the case then there unfortunately might not be a lot you can do, I'd wager. – eldarerathis Feb 19 '13 at 17:53
There is no PDF reader on both devices - best you can do is download the app that opens PDF documents, and then maybe, the website when browsing from said devices might trigger an intent to open the PDF using the app. Really, you should not be comparing desktop websites with those on devices as they are rendered/handled differently. As matter of interest - what is the website are you referring to? – t0mm13b Feb 19 '13 at 18:13

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