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 is a 20 year veteran of the technology industry, having worked with an IT Multinational with clients in the Telecom, Logistics, and Airline industry, working globally across America, Europe, and Asia. He enjoys reading and gaming and is an avid motorsport fan.

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