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I am trying to make Google Chrome the default program for opening PDF files on a Windows 7 PC. I right click the PDF and choose 'Open With'. Chrome is not listed, so I browse to its location (C:\Users\MyName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe) and click Open. Nothing happens.

This used to work, so what's changed?

  • have you installed any pdf viewer ? – john Jan 31 '12 at 11:16
  • about:plugins shows that Chrome PDF Viewer is installed and enabled. And if I drag a PDF file from Explorer into Chrome it does open up. – Charles Anderson Jan 31 '12 at 11:28
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Fixed it. Chrome had somehow got itself partially uninstalled: it wasn't auto-updating anymore, and when I tried to uninstall it from the Control Panel, I was told it had already gone (though it was listed). I've just reinstalled, and it now shows up in the Open With dialog's list of programs again.

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