Before, if I go to a RSS feed (.xml file), Chrome displays it. I could use extensions to format the feed or just view the source directly. However, now, Chrome forces me to view the feed using a RSS reader. How can I view the XML file directly instead of opening it in a RSS reader?
Because Google Chrome aims to be a fast, simple, minimal browser, it has to make some minor sacrifices in order to remain lightweight and speedy. One of these sacrifices is that it, unlike other major browsers, includes no built-in RSS reader.
Having said that, there are several extensions that can add this capability to Google Chrome. You can easily find them by searching for "RSS viewer" in the Chrome Web Store.
view-source at the beginning of your URL.
I use the Feed Intent Viewer extension.
There's an extension called XML Tree, as well as the Feed Intent Viewer in the previous answer.
There's also a web app (although I haven't tried it) that lets you view the XML file directly in Chrome (or any other browser) as well.
http://xmlviewer.scripting.com/?url=[URL/XML file here]
You might be able to view the source of the XML too if it formats it properly.