Is there any way to display a PDF file on two columns on Google Chrome?

I.e. instead of having:

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I would like to see something like:

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3 columns would be even nicer in some cases.


There is a way. Use Notable PDF extension

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Enable Two page view

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    Apparently the Notable PDF extension was renamed to Kami - PDF and Document Markup – Paul Gorbas May 11 '17 at 20:29
  • This does work, but it is way more than a PDF viewer, its a whole website of things. It sounded really good to me to start, but it is a bit much to view an occasional PDF 2 up. I think for teachers, it may make more sense. – nycynik Jan 14 at 21:06

Actually there is a way to do this... All you need to do is revert to the old Adobe plugins in Chrome following these steps:

  1. In the Chrome address bar, type: chrome://flags.
  2. Search for “NPAPI” and enable it.
  3. Relaunch Chrome.
  4. In the Chrome address bar, type chrome://plugins
  5. Disable Chrome PDF Viewer.
  6. Enable the Adobe Acrobat/ Adobe Reader plugin.

Rotate your computer's screen 270° (from the computer settings "Display" menu) and then rotate the pdf 90° to the right (using the rotate button inside the pdf viewer, top right.) Use Ctrl & Shft & +/- to resize document to get 2 pages per screen. Rotate your keyboard 90° degrees to the left to use the arrow keys for document navigation.

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    I tried this - and it actually works. It shows the two pages side by side, it does not do page turning right, because the pages are all in a row, but it actually does work, as crazy as it sounded. – nycynik Jan 14 at 21:05
  • Brilliant! Who needs software? Here's an alternative: open Chrome, rotate your screen backwards by 90°, print out the pdf document in single-page mode (even and odd page numbers separately), arrange the two stacks on your flat computer screen. Adjust distance between eyes and paper to select a comfortable zoom setting. Turn off computer. – bers Jul 1 at 10:56

For those wanting to do it natively within Chrome without downloading a plugin you can do the following:

  1. Click the "Print" button

  2. In that preview popup, select "Pages Per Sheet: 2" on the print preview.

This works for me.. It's obviously not the best solution, but it sure does work! I could probably whip up some javascript to make it go full screen too, but I don't think that'd last too long and would require special knowledge of dev tools to get working properly for regular users.


Because 2-up view is part of the PDF standard, this capability is being implemented in chromium's native PDF viewer.


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