[Solved]Disable Chrome PDF Viewer — Most Up-to-Date Guide

April Cai, in Create PDF Tags: chrome

Chrome built-in PDF viewer gives users convenience to open PDF files. However, it blocks the access of your other PDF software like Adobe Reader at the same time. In such case, you may want to know how to disable Chrome PDF viewer.

[Update] Recently, Google has made some changes on the newest version of Chrome. Check here to see how to disable Chrome PDF viewer from version 60 onwards.

It’s much easier disable it in Chrome that is lower than version 57

Just open Plugin page by entering about:plugins in Google search box and hitting Enter.

Then you can disable the PDF viewer in the open page.

If you found that you cannot open plugins page in your Chrome, that’s very likely you use Chrome that is of Version 57 onwards . And, from Version 57 onwards, the plugins page has been removed in Chrome.

Then how to disable Chrome PDF viewer from version 57 onwards?

Follow the easy steps with images here:

1)
Click the more options button and choose Settings on your Chrome.

2)
Click
Show advanced settings…

3)
Go on to click 
Content settings… under Privacy dialog.

4)
Then scroll down on pop-up Content settings window, find PDF Documents.
Uncheck the box of Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application and click Done to save the settings.

How to disable Chrome PDF viewer from version 60 onwards:

Since Google update the newest version of Chrome, actually there’s no such choice for you to disable or enable Chrome PDF viewer. It’s set to enabled by default. The option for you changes into whether you want to download instead of opening automatically.

If you want to view your PDF files in other application like Adobe Reader instead of in Chrome, then you can set your application to be the default one.

See how to set a default app in your Windows:

1)
Find and right-click on a PDF file in your File Explorer. 
Click Open with > Choose another app.

2)
Then highlight the app your want to view your PDF files by default.
Tick on Always use this app to open .pdf files.
Then click OK to save your settings.

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  • garthpool

    Chrome must have changed the system since you wrote this article. Now, in “PDF Documents”, the only choice is whether to download the PDF file instead of automatically opening it. There is no box to check or uncheck to switch from Chrome PDF viewer to Adobe PDF viewer.

    Why did Chrome make this choice impossible? It was fine before, but they ruined it.

    • April Cai

      Hi, garthpool. Great thanks for your feedback. Yes, Chrome did change its system on PDF viewer. I’ve updated my article. If you want to open your PDF files in Adobe by default, you can follow our updated guide to set your Adobe to be default app.

  • Thanks for saving my time. It’s a really helpful tutorial.

  • Mike P

    Thank you thank you! Best, most up to date guide.

    • April Cai

      Glad we could help!?