I like the Google Scholar PDF Reader (Chrome extension) to read papers. It works well on web links, e.g. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2402.19427.pdf. How can I open local PDFs (i.e., PDF saves on my laptop's disk) with the Google Scholar PDF Reader? I use Windows 10.

Google Scholar PDF Reader:

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Default PDF viewer when I open local PDFs:



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Go to Google Scholar PDF Reader extension settings (chrome://extensions/?id=dahenjhkoodjbpjheillcadbppiidmhp) and enable "allow access to file URLs":

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Thanks music2myear for the pointer to it.

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