Make Google Chrome Download PDF Files Instead of Opening

How to Make Google Chrome Download PDF Files Instead of Opening Them

When you are clicking on a link to a PDF file in Google Chrome, the browser will open the document in its built-in reader. Many users find it convenient, as they need no third-party apps to open the PDF content. However, some users may prefer an external app, as it often offers more feature-right experience.

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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.

Tip: Check out how to enable the two-page view for the built-in PDF reader in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

If you are using a PDF reader app that offers extra features, you may find it useful to disable the built-in PDF reader of Google Chrome, and stop it from automatically opening PDF files.

This post will show how to make Google Chrome download PDF files instead of opening them.

To Make Google Chrome Download PDF Files Instead of Opening

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Open the menu (Alt+F), and select Privacy and security > Site Settings,Chrome Privacy And Security Site Settings
  3. Alternatively, enter chrome://settings/content/ in the address bar.
  4. On the right, go to the Content section, and click on Additional content settings.Chrome Additional Content Settings
  5. Click on PDF documents.Chrome Additional Content Settings PDF Documents
  6. On the next page, turn on (enable) the Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome option.Chrome Additional Content Settings PDF Documents Download Pdfs
  7. You are done.

From now, Chrome will download PDF files instead of opening them in the built-in PDF reader. So now Chrome will download PDF files to your computer, but it will not open the PDF file. You will need to set some other app to handle PDF files by default.

That's it.

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2 thoughts on “Make Google Chrome Download PDF Files Instead of Opening

  1. Shyam Reddy

    Thanks Sergey! Very useful.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are most welcome.

      Reply

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