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Some users utilize their web browsers to open PDF documents. However, users can’t open PDF XFA form documents with browsers that don’t support that type of dynamic form.

Adobe Acrobat is one of the most commonly used applications to open Portable Document Format files, but some users have encountered issues with it.

Some browsers display this error message when users try to open dynamic PDF form documents with them:

Please wait… If this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of the document, your PDF viewer may not be able to display this type of document.

In today’s guide, we will explore this issue in-depth, and discuss the best methods to apply in order to fix this pesky issue once and for all. Read on for more details.

How can I open a PDF document when the Please wait error arises?

1. Configure Firefox to utilize Adobe Acrobat Reader

  1. Download and install Acrobat Reader.
  2. Next, open Mozilla Firefox.
  3. Click the Open menu.
  4. Select Options.
    Firefox's Options tab Please wait if message is not replaced by proper contents
  5. Scroll down to the General tab’s Applications section.
  6. Select Portable Document Format (PDF).
  7. Click the Action drop-down menu and click the Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox) option.
  8. Then restart Firefox.

2. Open the PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader

  1. Right-click the download link for the PDF you can’t open with your browser.
    Save link as option Please wait if message is not replaced by proper contents
  2. Select the Save link as option.
  3. Enter a title for the PDF in the File name box.
    Save As window Please wait if message is not replaced by proper contents
  4. Choose a folder to save the PDF.
  5. Click the Save option.
  6. Download and install Acrobat Reader.
  7. Open the software.
  8. Click File and Open.
  9. Choose the PDF document you downloaded.

3. Open the document with Internet Explorer’s Adobe PDF Reader plug-in

  1. Press the Windows key + S keyboard shortcut.
  2. Type Internet Explorer in the search box.
  3. Click the app to open it.
    Internet Explorer Please wait if message is not replaced by proper contents
  4. Click Tools.
  5. Select Manage Add-ons.
    Manage Add-ons window Please wait if message is not replaced by proper contents
  6. Click Toolbars and extensions.
  7. Select the All add-ons option on the Show drop-down menu.
  8. Select the Adobe PDF Reader plug-in.
  9. Press the Enable button.

Those are three methods for opening PDF form documents that you can’t open with browsers’ default PDF viewers. All users can download the PDF documents with their browsers’ Save as options for links.

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