And the built in PDF Viewer functionality is quite basic anyway — using a full featured program like Adobe Reader is often a better alternative.
But it sometimes stops working — and it is quite basic so has some of the following issues trying to display more complex PDF files:. Note: if you already have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC installed, and it is up to date , continue straight to the next section.
Whenever you next click on a PDF file you should see it appear in the download bar at the bottom left of Chrome as shown in the example below:. This method requires an extra click to open a PDF file in Adobe Reader but it does have the advantage that PDF files are not downloaded to your computer as well. Or what if you only want to download the file?
Or you want to revert back to choosing for each file whether to open or show in folder instead?
Change Default PDF Viewer in Chrome
Method 1 is a good one-click way to open PDF files in Adobe Reader from within Chrome, but it does save the PDFs to your computer which may be annoying and takes up a bit of storage space.
Tip: if you found this article useful, why not check out how to Auto Refresh Chrome webpages, safely and privately. I have google chrome and the pdf is greyed out with always allowed to run. There is no way to disable it and it will not open any pdf files or even let me copy and paste it on my desktop. Even if I enable adobe it still will not work.
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Everone chrome pdf is on but when greyed out I cannot disable as it shows no disable so any and all suggestions do not work. Please help as I love chrome but may have to change as this has been going on to long. I update chrome everytime and it still is not working thanks.
I am able to open other programs; such as email; internet, etc. Do you have a fix remedy? Thank you. All worked well until a couple of days ago.
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Now it crashes. What do I do next??? Any ideas? They have the same issue with PDFs on the same websites.
Since Chrome and IE use different systems to render webpages, perhaps there is something in the html coding for the webpages making the difference. If that is the case, perhaps things will change in the future since Chrome has frequent updates.
How to Disable Chrome PDF Viewer and Download PDF Files?
Emma — is it just the one website? If not, Reader is corrupt, reinstall it.
Thanks for this. I was having problems viewing this so I went to my plugins and saw my Adobe plugin was enabled but my Chrome pdf plugin was not. Turning off the adobe plugin and turning on the chrome one fixed my problem.
Problems With Chrome PDF Viewer
I had the same problem. I was trying to open The Mobile Security for Androids manual from the Kaspersky website and the pdf file opened fine in IE but would not open in Chrome. Thank you so much!
Thanks to you, I can now open anything! Today, I encountered the problem with Google Chrome not opening. I could open these same files using Internet Explorer. I followed the instructions to type into the Google Chrome browser line about:plugins.
I discovered the problem was that Adobe Acrobat was disabled and the crummy Chrome pdf viewer was enabled.
Turned on Adobe, and Chrome pdf viewer disabled. Closed Google Chrome then went back on — yeah!
I can open and move through pdf documents now on websites…. Yesterday I made Google Chrome my default browser. Today, I attempted to view and download a PDF file by clicking on a button on a web site but nothing happened.
It was no problem to download the file in Firefox but as mentioned previously I want to switch over to Chrome. I followed the steps outlined above but I was still not able to view or download the PDF file. Then I happened to look at the address bar and noticed an icon with an X in it.
I clicked on it and it said that pop-ups were prevented from being shown.
How to disable Chrome's PDF viewer
I trust the site so I allowed pop-ups. Hi Mark, thanks for including how you fixed the problem — should help other new Chrome users too. Thanks for your follow-up and additional information. I look forward to reading and commenting to your posts in the future.