1. Disable the use of tabs in Tools>Internet Options>General?
2. Copy the pdf's to your local hard disk and open them with Adobe or Foxit reader?
3. Use Firefox or Opera or Chrome in stead of IE8?
4. Don't use the back button but the close button?
That are four things to try. Not impossible one of them is a workable solution. It's not a fix, by the way, just a workaround of something Microsoft designed without asking you.
I have a PowerPoint presentation (show - PPS mode)on a CD that has various links to PDF files on a website. When I click the 1st link in the presentation, the Explorer opens fine displaying the PDF on that website. When I press the back button, it takes me right back into the presentation. Great.
The problem is, when I click on the next link that is also a link to a PDF on that same website, it opens fine BUT the BACK button is now inactive because Explorer automatically opened a new tab for this 2nd PDF link (I would like for the back button to work on all subsequent links no matter what sequence I open them). Note: when I click back on the first tab (originally opened from the first link), the BACK button went from ACTIVE to INACTIVE now. I am not sure why this has happened.
My question is, how can I get the back button to remain ACTIIVE on all links to these online PDFs? so that I can press BACK to go back to the PowerPoint Show?
Operating Sys: Windows XP
Browser: Internet Explorer 8
Software: PowerPoint 2007