How To Disable PDF Reader in Google Chrome 57 and Above

As you may already know, Chrome 57 ditches the plugin configuration page. This makes it harder to disable Flash or the built-in PDF viewer in order to switch to an external application like Adobe Reader. Here is how.


Google is about to remove the entire chrome://plugins page, which provides the plugin management user interface. But that's not all. Not only is Google going to remove the plugins page but Chrome will enable all plugins with the next update, even if you have disabled some of them. So with Chrome 57, all plugins will be enabled if they are installed on your PC.

If you wish to disable the built-in PDF reader option in Google Chrome 57, you need to change the browser's configuration. Here is how.

To disable PDF reader in Google Chrome 57 and above, do the following.

  1. Open Chrome and click the three dots menu button to open the menu. Chrome Open Menu
  2. Click the Settings item.Chrome 58 Settings Menu Item
  3. Scroll down to the Show advanced settings link. Click it.Chrome 58 Advanced Settings
  4. Under Privacy & Security, click on Content Settings.Chrome 58 Settings Content Settings Link
  5. In Content Settings, click on PDF documents.Chrome 58 Settings Content Pdf Settings
  6. In PDF documents, enable the option Open PDFs using a different application.Disable PDF Reader In Google Chrome 57 And Above

Tip: You can save your time and open the required option directly. Type or copy-paste the following text in the address bar of Google Chrome:

chrome://settings/content/pdfDocuments

This will open the "PDF documents" options in the current tab, so you can quickly change settings.

That's it. You just disabled the built-in PDF reader option in Google Chrome.

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser as of this writing. While it looks very simple, it is a powerful and extensible browser. Thanks to its settings, flags and extensions, you can configure many of its settings as you wish and extend its functionality.

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