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How To Open a PDF Document in Chrome


Do you frequently access PDF documents or files from a browser, but find that they are downloading to your computer, instead of opening in Google Chrome using its built-in PDF viewer? Follow the steps listed below, to change the Google Chrome settings, which will allow you to open a PDF document in Chrome instead of downloading it to your computer.

Steps to Open a PDF Document in Chrome instead of Downloading

Step 1: Click on the 3-dot menu on the top right-hand side of the Chrome Navigation bar. Select the Settings option from the dropdown list

Google Chrome 3-dot Menu for Settings
Google Chrome 3-dot Menu

Step 2: In the Privacy and security section, select the Site Settings option.

Google Chrome - Site Settings
Google Chrome – Site Settings

Step 3: Open the Additional Content Settings list, and select PDF documents from that list

Google Chrome Additional Content Settings for PDF Documents
Google Chrome Additional Content Settings for PDF Documents

Step 4: Ensure the “Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome” toggle option is disabled.

Open a PDF Document in Chrome
PDF Document Setting in Google Chrome

The next time you click on a PDF document link in the Chrome browser, it will automatically open the PDF document in a new Chrome tab using Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer instead of downloading it.

If you have the latest version of Chrome installed (version 87+), then you can also enable the new Chrome PDF viewer which comes with feature updates like Table of Contents, Two-Up Views, and Thumbnails.

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Shashi Venkatesh
Shashi Venkatesh
Shashi Venkatesh is a 22-year veteran of the technology industry, with experience developing and managing large-scale web applications for clients, working globally across America, Europe, and Asia. He is also a Wordpress aficionado and has consulted extensively in the development of Wordpress websites, blogs and ecommerce platforms. He enjoys reading and gaming and is an avid motorsport fan.


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