Sometimes when I download a PDF, Chrome will open a new blank tab, how do I prevent this?
The only way to stop the blank page is to use Right Click and Save Link As.
Since Chrome does not natively support an embedded PDF reader it assumes the PDF link is trying to open another page. It then let's the file system take over allowing your PDF reader to open the actual file. It doesn't have any facility to close the new tab that opened as it assumes it is being used for displaying the file.
However there is good news. You can use the Docs Preview Extension to preview all these documents in Chrome and it will stop this behaviour since the files will open in Chrome.
Newer versions of Chrome does support embedded PDF viewing so a lot of this answer is obsolete
Okay, I got it to do this finally.
about:pluginsand disable the Adobe Acrobat Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
Open Adobe Acrobat and go to
edit --> preferences --> internetand uncheck "display PDF in browser"
(Steps 1 and 2 might be redundant, but this is what I did and it worked.)
- Click on a PDF link. Depending on your settings, you will either get a popup asking where to save the PDF, or the PDF will save automatically to your specified directory. If you want all PDFs to auto-open, click the little arrow to the right of a PDF download, and select "Always open this type of file".
Hope that helps.
To open up PDF's in Chrome automatically without it downloading first, you will need to reset the Chrome browser.
Restart the machine and when the file is being opened, go to the bottom and click the Always open in Adobe Reader option.
If the Always open doesn't show up on the bottom, make the window that pop-ups smaller so the bottom shows.
Open Adobe and then go to Edit > Preference > Internet > uncheck Display in Read mode by Default.