If you’re using Google Chrome 68 or later versions in 2018 and want to disable Chrome’s built-in PDF Viewer to enable Adobe Reader or other desktop application for viewing PDF files on your computer, follow the instructions given below.
Since the Plugins page has been removed in Chrome 57, you may find it difficult to manage PPAPI-based Flash and built-in PDF Viewer plugins. If you don’t know, they’ve been moved to content settings. If you want to disable/enable the Chrome PDF Viewer, from version 57 onwards, you’ve to follow the below steps.
Disable or enable Chrome PDF Viewer in Chrome
1. Click on Chrome menu, select Settings
2. Scroll down and click on Advanced
3. Under Privacy & Security, click on Content Settings,
4. Scroll down and click on PDF Documents or visit chrome://settings/content/pdfDocuments
- To disable Chrome PDF Viewer, turn on ‘Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome’ Setting,
- To enable PDF Viewer, you need to turn off the above mentioned setting.
Done! Chrome Internal PDF Viewer will be enabled/disabled as per the setting chosen by you.
Note: Chrome blocks Flash by default. You can allow sites to run Flash or manually add sites that can run Flash by visiting the Flash section in Content Settings.
Are you trying to enable or disable Chrome PDF Viewer? What’s the reason for that? Which application you’re going to use for your PDF needs then? Are you using Adobe Reader or any web-based PDF Viewer such as Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi or Opera? Let us know in the comments below.