How to Prevent Chrome from Opening PDF Files

If you do not want Google Chrome Opening PDF Files on your computer, you can find below the steps to Prevent Google Chrome from Opening PDF Files in its own browser window.

Prevent Chrome from Opening PDF Documents

As you must have noticed, when you try to download a PDF File Using the Google Chrome browser, the File opens directly in the browser window, instead of being downloaded to the computer.

Similarly, when you try to open a PDF File that is already available on the computer, it opens in the default browser window, instead of opening in Adobe Reader.

This happens because the default setting in Google Chrome is to open PDF Files using its own built-in PDF Reader, both when you try to download the File from the internet and also when you try to open a PDF file that is already available on your computer.

The problem of Chrome opening PDF Files while downloading can be fixed by setting Google Chrome to Download PDF Files, instead of opening the first in the browser window.

Even after this setting, you will still find PDF Files opening in the Chrome browser window, whenever you try to open any PDF File that is already available on your computer.

To fix this problem, you need to download and Install Adobe Reader and set Adobe Reader as the default PDF viewer on your computer.

Prevent Chrome from Opening PDF File Downloads

Open Google Chrome browser on your computer > click on the 3-dots menu icon and select Settings in the drop-down menu.

Open Chrome Settings

On the Chrome Settings screen, select the Privacy and Security tab in the left pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and click on the Site Settings option.

Chrome Site Settings Option

On-Site Settings screen, expand the Additional Content Settings tab, and click on PDF Documents.

PDF Documents Settings Option in Chrome

On the PDF Documents screen, select the Download PDF option.

After this, you will always find Google Chrome downloading PDF files, instead of opening them directly in the browser window.

Make Windows Open PDF Files in Adobe Reader

If you want PDF files to open in Adobe Reader, you will have to download and install Adobe Reader and set Adobe Reader as the default PDF Handler on your computer.

After Adobe Reader is installed on your computer, open Adobe Reader > click on the Edit tab in the top menu bar and select Preferences in the drop-down menu.

On the preferences screen, select the General in the left pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and click on the Select As Default PDF Handler button.

Note: You may be prompted to enter your Admin Password.

On the next screen, click on Continue and follow the onscreen instructions to make PDF Files open in Adobe Reader.

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