How to enable/disable Safety reading mode in Foxit Reader

by Venkat eswarlu on June 10, 2010

in How to,tips and tricks

Foxit reader icon1 How to enable/disable Safety reading mode in Foxit Reader

I stopped using Adobe Reader since few years, and using Foxit Reader as a PDF Reader despite Foxit installs crappy toolbars without notifying readers (that seems to be fixed in latest version) happy with Foxit Reader despite popular PDF reader from Adobe always in the news for vulnerabilities and for malware attacks and there is new security feature in Foxit reader which is safety reading mode.

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Foxit introduced Trust Manager from version 3.3 (present is Foxit which allows users to allow or deny to run external commands in the PDF file to prevent attack from malicious content and viruses.

By default, Trust Manager in Foxit Reader won’t allow unauthorized actions and data transmission includes URL connection, attachment PDF actions and JavaScript functions  to avoid malicious attacks.

Enabling Safety reading Mode in Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader comes enabled with safety reading mode by default, unless some one manipulates its options

You can then re-enable it by opening Foxit Reader Tools Edit>Preferences, select Trust Manager on the left pane and select Enable Safe Reading Mode on the right.

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With Safe reading mode, you can not open links, attachments from PDF file. However if you believe PDF file is from a trusted source, you can then disable it and able to open links and attachment and able to run other external commands folded in PDF file.

securityblock thumb How to enable/disable Safety reading mode in Foxit Reader

Simply remove tick mark before ‘enable Safety reading mode ‘under ‘Preferences’ in Trust Manager to disable safe reading mode. It is recommended to keep safe reading mode enabled for protection.

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Update: To get to Safety Reading Mode preference in Foxit Reader v6 onwards, click on Edit menu and select Preferences>Trust Manager and uncheck Enable Safety Reading Mode.

To ease this process I recommend you to use Ctrl +K shortcut to open Preferences.


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary-Anne Martin July 15, 2011 at 10:35 pm

“You can re-enable it by opening Foxit Reader Tools >Preferences select Trust Manager on the left pane and select Enable Safe Reading Mode on the right pane.” Right. So where is this as I’ve tried everything I could think of. I’ve got Foxit Reader 4.3.


voxpop81 January 14, 2013 at 1:26 am

TRY Looking under EDIT


JaneB August 7, 2011 at 2:16 am

@ Mary-Anne Martin, Err… Duh, Simples:
Foxit Reader > Tools >Preferences > select Trust Manager on the left pane > and select Enable Safe Reading Mode on the right pane


Vince September 17, 2012 at 1:33 am

I tried disabling the Safe Reading Mode in Foxit and found that in Windows XP I had to use Edit>Preferences etc. to do what I wanted to do.


Harald Gruber October 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

In version 5 there is no tool bar, no tools, no preferences, just a bare screen with no options!!!


Venkat October 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Preferences are there, press Ctrl+K to bring preferences pane, scroll down and select Trust Manager on left you can see option to disable Safe reading mode on right-side.
I can confirm this present in version 5.4.2


Karen November 10, 2012 at 1:25 am

Venkat, you are a LIFESAVER. This method also works in version 5.1. Thank you very much!


Kelly M November 27, 2012 at 2:29 am

Thanks Venkat !!!! the Ctrl+K brought up the preferences pane !!!


Venkat November 27, 2012 at 7:05 am



sunita December 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

thanks once more! I thought I was crazy not finding these options until I found your post… THNX!!!


Venkat December 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

You’re welcome sunita.


Trevor February 7, 2013 at 6:45 am

Thank you Venkat
Your suggestion was very much appreciated
I was going crazy (crazier?) looking for a way to do something that was so simple, if I only knew how!


Kasia May 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I have just updated to Foxit Reader which has slightly different user interface than previous versions. There is no ‘tools’ button and I need to disable safety mode to be able to upload the form I have just finished filling in.
How do I do so in this newest version?


Venkat eswarlu May 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Updated the post with the instructions at the bottom, please have a look at it.


Omar November 4, 2013 at 12:35 am

this was helpful


Venkat eswarlu November 7, 2013 at 7:05 am

You’re welcome Omar.


Frank July 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Each time when I open a pdf file, it seems that foxit reader uploads my file automatically. but I don’t know where it uploads the file to. So I hope to disable this function, but don’t know how. Please tell me how to do it.
Thank you.



Venkat eswarlu July 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Do you want to disable Safe Reading mode? Please read the update mentioned at the bottom of the post.


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