How to stop Google Chrome using its built-in PDF viewer

Google Chrome includes a plug-in that downloads and displays PDF documents in the browser window however complex PDF documents may not be displayed correctly. We show you how to stop Google Chrome using its built-in viewer and use the PDF application (e.g. Adobe Reader) on your computer.

12 June 2015  Printing, Windows PCs

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Google Chrome includes a plug-in that downloads and displays PDF documents in the browser window.  However this may not give you access to all the capabilties that an external viewer such as Adobe Reader can provide.  We have also found occasions when printing with the internal viewer fails for some PDF documents.  This article shows you how to stop Google Chrome using its built-in viewer.

Before you begin

Once Google has been told to stop using its internal viewer it will use whatever PDF viewer is registered on your PC so before you begin, make sure Adobe Reader is installed and ideally up to date.

How to stop Google Chrome using its built-in viewer

To stop Google Chrome using its built-in viewer:

  1. Start Google Chrome and in the address bar replace whatever is there with "chrome://plugins" and press ENTER.
  2. After a few moments the list of plug-ins will be shown.

    Google Chrome - Disable the PDF Viewer Plugin

  3. Find the "Chrome PDF Viewer" in the list of plug-ins and click the Disable link below it.
  4. The change takes immediate effect.

Once this change has been made Chrome now download the PDF and then instruct Windows to start the appropriate PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Reader).

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