Chrome recently started opening pdfs inside the browser. This is a great feature - it is fast, easy to read, and saves me from having to open it up in a separate browser.

However, it is not clear to me how I can save the pdf in a folder - using 'save as' creates broken files that Adobe and Mendeley can not read.

I am using Google Chrome in Ubuntu 10.04

Here is a screenshot: alt text

  • Have you tried to save a different pdf file? I tried it and was able to save the file successfully by right clicking > Save As. Do you have a link to the PDF you want to save locally? Is the pdf displayed in a frame? Try opening the frame in a new tab then save the file. – ngen Dec 21 '10 at 17:02
  • The save as points to an .html link; right-clicking on the pdf provides no option to save, the pdf is displayed in a frame, and it doesn't help to open it to a new tab. I have attached an image to the original question – David LeBauer Dec 21 '10 at 17:21
  • try right clicking in the grey area left or right to the pdf. – KutscheraIT Dec 21 '10 at 17:23
  • @weltenwanderer neither of those work... – David LeBauer Dec 21 '10 at 17:37
  • can you locate the source for the PDF and just insert that into the URL? – ngen Dec 21 '10 at 17:54

On my Mac, hitting Command-S (or using menu File, Save Page As...) works just fine. Likewise printing works fine using Command-P (or menu File, Print). On Windows that would be Ctrl-S and Ctrl-P then.

However, your screenshot is using a HTML <frameset>: one fixed upper frame with some Wiley information, and a lower frame with the PDF. Clicking "Open Frame in New Window" in the lower frame gets you a window with just the PDF, in which Ctrl-S will work. But hoping for an easier way, I created an example of such frameset that does not require one to log in. But in that example, in Chrome on a Mac, I have no clue how to avoid having to use "Open Frame in New Window" first. Like: clicking in the frame before hitting Ctrl-S or Ctrl-P does not tell my Chrome which part I want to save or print.

  • what does it mean that my screenshot is using a HTML <frameset> ? – David LeBauer Dec 21 '10 at 18:17
  • Ctrl+P works; Ctrl-S attempts to save the page as html (in Ubuntu) – David LeBauer Dec 21 '10 at 18:20
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    @David, you're seeing two parts: one fixed upper frame with that Wiley information, and a lower frame with the PDF. You'll need to tell Chrome which part you're referring to. Like when viewing the source of such page, or when saving or printing, you'll most often have some "...this frame" options. Like "Print this frame". In your screenshot I see "Open Frame in New Window". Doing that will get you a window with just the PDF (in which Ctrl-S might work), but I guess there must be an easier way. (I cannot access the URL you're using.) – Arjan Dec 21 '10 at 18:23
  • you are correct; open frame in new tab allowed me to use Ctrl-S to save. – David LeBauer Dec 21 '10 at 18:25
  • Okay, @David, then that should work for any site that does not use a <frameset> (so: for most sites). For frames, I created an example, but have no clue how to avoid having to use "Open Frame in new Window" first... – Arjan Dec 21 '10 at 18:37

Your problem is because that PDF is in a "frame". In the right click menu select "Open Frame in New Window".

When you have 'just' a PDF opened (e.g. this one) you can right click and press either "Save As..." or "Print...". The resulting file opened fine for me in Ubuntu default application Evince, and also in Adobe Reader.


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