Answered By: James Urmston
Last Updated: 07 Jul, 2023     Views: 987

Opening standards on British Standards Online platform (BSOL)

BSOL in December 2020 implemented additional safety measures to viewing their standards, now to access the standards housed on British standards online platform you will be required to use fileopen plugin and view in adobe acrobat reader.


below are instructions on how to do this


1. Check Fileopen plugin is on device.

It is a core app on all Brunel managed devices.

It can be downloaded onto personal devices (BYOD) via . Once downloaded you will need to adjust your browser setting in order to prevent your standards opening in a web browser. See self help guide for downloading


2. Set browser to download PDF files instead of opening directly in browser window


In Microsoft Edge please take the following steps.

Click on the 3 horizontal dots highlighted below in order to access the menu in Microsoft Edge.

From the Menu that opens please scroll down towards the bottom and select ‘Settings’.

On the setting page please click on ‘Cookies and Site Permissions’ on the left-hand side of the page.

Please scroll down the page until you can see ‘PDF Documents’ and click on the arrow pointing left


The following option will appear, please ensure that the button has been switched to the right as per the image below.


You will now be able to open a standard via BSOL and it will open in Adobe Reader as opposed to Microsoft Edge.


In Google Chrome

click on the 3 horizontal dots to the top of the right-hand corner of the browser (highlighted in red below)

From this page click on ‘Privacy and Security’ and then ‘Site settings’

Scroll to bottom of page & click on the downward arrow by ‘Additional content settings’ - Select PDF document

Click on button to turn downloading of PDF files on.

Once this setting has been changed the standards will open directly in Adobe when opened in BSOL.

you will need to restart your computer for the changes to become active


In Safari on Mac or Windows - browser preferences

Launch Safari and choose Safari > Preferences.

In the Preferences window, click Security, and then click Website Settings next to Internet plug-ins.

Select Adobe Reader in the list of plug-ins. Under When Visiting Other Websites, in the drop-down list choose Allow Always and click Done.

The browser is now set to use the Adobe Reader plug-in to display PDFs.


3. Open PDF must be done in Adobe Acrobat

If the standard is still not opening using the correct software. Please take the following steps to open the standard in Adobe Acrobat.

On windows

  • Right click on the icon of the standard that you have downloaded
  • Hoover over ‘Open with’ and then select ‘Choose another App’ from the menu that opens

  • You will then be asked ‘How do you want to open this file’, scroll down and select ‘Adobe Acrobat Reader DC’, add a tick in the ‘Always use this app to open .pdf files’ and then click ok.
  • The icon of the standard will then change to the Adobe Reader icon and will open when you double click on the icon.

Here is an image of the ‘How do you want to open this file’ box showing the Adobe Reader icon at the top and the ‘Always use this app to open .pdf files’ Tick box at the bottom.

If you do not have fie open installed you will get this error when attempting to open a standard.

On Safari on Mac OS

  1. In the Finder, select a PDF, and choose File > Get Info.
  2. Click the arrow next to Open With to expose the product menu.
  3. Choose either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader from the application menu.

  1. Click the Change All button.

  1. When asked if you want to change all similar documents, click Continue

you will need to restart your computer for the changes to become active


if you have any further queries regarding accessing the content on BSOL please email