Enable Two-Page View for PDF in Google Chrome

How to Enable Two-Page View for PDF Files in Google Chrome (Two-up view).

Starting in version 82, which is in Canary as of this writing, Google Chrome includes a new option to open PDF files in a two-page view. The option is hidden behind a flag. Here's how to enable it.

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Chrome, and other Chromium-based browsers, come with an integrated PDF viewer. This useful feature allows the user to avoid installing an extra PDF viewer app, providing essential functions, including the ability to print the PDF files. For files opened directly from a web site, there is a save button to download and save them locally.

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One of the new features landed in Chrome Canary with version 82 is the ability to read PDFs in a two-page view. This new mode is traditionally hidden behind a flag, as Google devs consider it as a work-in-progress.

Chrome Two Up Two Page PDF In Action

Note: If you have blurry fonts in Chrome 80's file open/save dialog windows, here is a fix. Also, Google has postponed Chrome releases due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

Google Chrome comes with a number of useful options which are experimental. They are not supposed to be used by regular users but enthusiasts and testers can easily turn them on. These experimental features can significantly improve the user experience of the Chrome browser by enabling additional functionality. To enable or disable an experimental feature, you can use hidden options called 'flags'.

In our case, you need to enable the chrome://flags/#pdf-two-up-view flag. Here are the steps.

To Enable Two-Page View for PDF Files in Google Chrome,

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Type the following text in the address bar: chrome://flags/#pdf-two-up-view.
  3. Select Enabled from the drop-down list next to the PDF Two-up view flag.Chrome Enable Two Up Two Page PDF View
  4. Restart the browser when prompted.Google Chrome Relaunch Button

You are done!

Now, open a PDF file, and you will see a new button with a pencil icon named 'Two-up view'. Click on it to enable the new view. See the following screenshot:

Chrome Two Up Two Page View Button

Chrome Two Up Two Page PDF In Action

Click on the same button to restore the single page view.

This new option is available in Chrome/Chromium on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

As of now, the stable branch of Chrome hosts version 80, which comes with a number of new features, including Heavy Ad Intervention, Quieter Notification Permission Prompts, and Tab Groups.

You might be interested in reading what else is new in Google Chrome 80. Check out the following post:

Google Chrome 80 Is Out, Here Are The Changes

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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