PDF files won't open in Internet Explorer 11, only shows small black box. Any help?

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When you are using Microsoft's default web browser, Internet Explorer, you should normally be able to open a PDF page within your web browser. That means you don't need to download the PDF file and manually open it with your PDF Reader like Adobe Reader.

Internet Explorer now showing PDF files

However, some people are having issue with the latest updates of Internet Explorer upgrading it to version 11. When opening a PDF page of any websites, like bank statements, the PDF will not show up. Instead, the page is blank with a black box at the top indicating that the PDF file is not loaded.

Many people tried several tricks involving resetting IE, changing security settings and other stuffs. However, the one solution that truly works to solve this specific problem is invloding a simply change in your Windows registry.

[Solved] IE Not Showing PDF pages

The detailed steps below will require a simple editing of your registry. Screen shots are provided to easily follow the pocedures.

Step 1: Open your Registry Editor. Click Start => Run. In the Run box, type regedit and press Enter or click OK. You can also open the Run box by going to Start => All Programs => Accessories => Run.

The RUN box showing the regedit command

Step 2: Then you will get the Registry Editor window. The key that you need to change is:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\TabProcGrowth 

Step 3: To access that key, click on the > sign before HKEY_CURRENT_USER to expand it. Do the same for "Software" branch.

Opening the registry for HKEY_CURRENT_USER and Software branch

Step 4: Scroll down and expand Microsoft and then expand Internet Explorer.

Step 5: Scroll down and locate Main and then expand it as well.

Step 6: This time, click NOT just the > before the branch name "Main", click on Main itself.

Step 7: Then a list of keys will be displayed on the right panel.

Step 8: Scroll down the list in the right panel, and then locate "TabProcGrowth".

Step 9: When found, right click on it then click on Modify.

The final registry key to change

Step 10: For the Value Data, change 0 to 1.

Step 11: Click OK to apply the changes.

Step 12: Close the Registry Editor. Close also your Internet Explorer if it is already open.

Step 13: Then test opening a PDF page and is shall load this time.