You may don’t want to open PDFs in Chrome. If so, you can disable Chrome PDF viewer on your computer. When you want to open PDFs in Chrome again, you can enable this feature. In this post, MiniTool Software will show you how to disable or enable Chrome PDF viewer.

The PDF viewer is a built-in tool in Chrome. It is enabled by default in your Chrome browser. This feature allows you to directly open a PDF file when you click it in your web browser. However, some users don’t want to open the PDF file. They want to directly save it to their computer.

Here comes a question: how to stop PDFs from opening in Chrome? You can choose to disable Chrome PDF viewer. Here, we will introduce how to disable Chrome PDF viewer on your Windows, Mac, and Linux computer.

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How to Disable Chrome PDF Viewer?

You can disable Chrome PDF viewer in Settings of your web browser. Here is a guide:

Step 1: Open Google Chrome.

Step 2: Click the 3-dot menu on the top right corner and select Settings.

Step 3: Select Privacy and security from the left panel on the Settings page.

Step 4: On the right panel, click Site settings.

Step 5: Scroll down to the Additional content settings section and expand it. Then, click PDF documents to continue.

click PDF documents

Step 6: Select Download PDFs on the next page.

click Download PDFs

After you disable Chrome PDF viewer, the PDF you click on the web page will be directly downloaded to your computer.

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How to Enable Chrome PDF Viewer?

When you open PDFs in Chrome again, you can enable Chrome PDF viewer again. Here is how to open PDFs in Chrome:

Step 1: Open Google Chrome.

Step 2: Click the 3-dot menu on the top right corner and select Settings.

Step 3: Select Privacy and security from the left panel on the Settings page.

Step 4: On the right panel, click Site settings.

Step 5: Scroll down to the Additional content settings section and expand it. Then, click PDF documents to continue.

Step 6: Select Open PDFs in Chrome on the next page.

click open PDFs in Chrome

After enabling Chrome PDF viewer, the file will be directly opened when you click a PDF file in Chrome. You can view it, then decide whether to download it or not.

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How to Open PDFs Using Chrome?

You can not only open PDFs in Chrome but also open PDFs using Chrome. If you don’t have a PDF reader or you don’t want to use your PDF reader, you can choose to open your PDFs using Chrome. It is easy to do this:

You can right-click the PDF file you want to open, then go to Open with > Google Chrome. After that, you can view your PDF file in Chrome.

open a PDF file using Chrome

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With this software, you can recover data from various types of data storage devices like memory cards, SD cards, USB flash drives, SSDs, hard disk drives, and more.

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Bottom Line

If you want to disable Chrome PDF viewer to stop opening PDFs in Chrome, you can try the guide mentioned in this post to help you out. If you want to enable Chrome PDF viewer again, here is also a guide. Should you have other related issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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