How to disable Chrome PDF Viewer in Google Chrome?

by Venkat eswarlu on November 5, 2010

in Google Chrome,How to,tips and tricks

Google has integrated PDF Viewer in Beta version of Google Chrome, which allows us to view PDFs right from browser without need to install any PDF Reader or any browser plugin. Chrome 8 stable version will have built-in PDF Viewer. Chrome PDF Viewer will be enabled by default, and your browser plugin for PDF Reader installed will be disabled. Let us take a look how to disable Chrome PDF Viewer and enable Browser Plugin of PDF Reader for Chrome installed in your computer.

Chrome PDF Viewer offers only fit page vertical, horizontal, Zoom out and Zoom in, search and print features, where as PDF Reader offers lot of controls and options for a PDF Document inside Chrome browser through its plugin for Chrome. So some reasons to disable Chrome PDF Viewer.

disabling Chrome PDF Viewer in Google Chrome thumb1 How to disable Chrome PDF Viewer in Google Chrome?

Disabling the Chrome PDF Viewer plugin in Google Chrome

1.Type about:plugins in Chrome’s Omnibox and press enter.

2. Click “Disable” for “Chrome PDF Viewer”.

3. Chrome PDF Viewer will be disabled and third-party PDF Reader plug-in will be activated,  from now on PDF files will be opened by that PDF Reader in Chrome.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Joris December 9, 2010 at 6:51 am

Thanks, worked for me!


Richard Smith December 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Thanks for this, worked for me when i got rid of spaces, so: “about:plugins”


Carlo Sebastian December 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Thanks a lot man, i’m a student and i love chrome but… this PDF viewer really was annoying to me, i like the good old Adobe Reader better.


rajkumar January 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

God Bless You!
and let the pdf viewer plugin in Chrome be banished!@


Benjamin Fedder Jensen January 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Thank you!

The Chrome viewer is not yet mature enough for me to use. This fix saves me from having to save all the documents to my harddrive and opening them with Adobe Reader.


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