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Disabling Google Chrome PDF viewer

Google Chrome has “Chrome PDF Viewer” to view or open pdf files. It is an unwanted feature. I do not need it at all. I want my PDF open in Preview on a MacOS X or default pdf viewer in Linux. This feature was hidden. I want to disable it from my Google Chrome browser because it was slow scrolling with a large pdf file sizes.

How To Disable Google Chrome PDF Viewer

  1. First, open a new tab in Chrome browser (press CTRL+T or Command+T)
  2. Type the following url in your address bar and press enter key:
  3. Find “Chrome PDF Viewer” and disable it.
  4. Now all downloaded PDF files will open with your operating system pdf viewer such as Adobe reader, Preview on a MacOS X or evince/gpdf/kpdf on a Linux/BSD based system.
Fig.01: How To Disable Google Chrome PDF Viewer

Fig.01: How To Disable Google Chrome PDF Viewer

See also ~ HowTo: Firefox Disable Default PDF Viewer / Plugin

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  • InnocentBystander November 14, 2016, 11:22 am

    I am disabling my Chrome PDF viewer because it seems spam popups have learnt to target it. I will regularly get a “Chrome PDF” popup happening then full screen pop-unders will appear.

  • Simon September 25, 2016, 4:48 am

    Thanks vivek, this is appreciated ! I wish this chrome feature could be simply searchable from the regular advanced parameter !

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