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Stop PDFs from displaying inside Google Chrome

Chrome now has a built-in pdf viewer, and it's one of the worst I've seen. You can't even save the file you're viewing! Is there a way to disable it?

marked as duplicate by ChrisF, Arjan, Dennis Williamson, DMA57361 Feb 4 '11 at 13:54

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  • I'm not surprised you didn't find it. I only found it because I knew it existed. – ChrisF Feb 4 '11 at 12:49
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    As an aside: right-click should give you a Save As option: How do I download / print pdfs in the new chrome integrated viewer? – Arjan Feb 4 '11 at 12:50
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    @Arjan: It doesn't always work, sometimes it saves the surrounding page instead. – Ram Rachum Feb 23 '11 at 14:21
  • @cool-RR, sure, but that is all handled in the other question I linked. – Arjan Feb 24 '11 at 9:57

From http://techdows.com/2010/11/how-to-disable-chrome-pdf-viewer-in-google-chrome.html (first google result for 'disable chrome pdf viewer')

  1. Type about:plugins in Chrome’s Omnibox and press enter.
  2. Click “Disable” for “Chrome PDF Viewer”.
  3. Chrome PDF Viewer will be disabled and Installed PDF Reader plug-in will be activated and from now on PDF files will be opened in Chrome by that PDF Reader.

If you type about:plugins in your address bar, you can open the plugin management page.

From there, you can disable the built in viewer, Chrome PDF Viewer, and enable whichever viewer you prefer (presumably Adobe Acrobat).

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