Is there a way to stop Google Chrome from downloading .doc and .pdf files ? Chrome automatically starts to download files when clicked on them, but some browsers like Yandex opens them so you can review the article before downloading it. I saw this discussion but I'm asking it anyway. Maybe there is an extension for this.

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Try the Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer extension by Google, which uses the Google Docs Viewer.

After you install the extension, you'll find a View File in a New Tab context menu option.

Here's how it works.

How to use Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer

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    – vfclists
    Jan 21, 2015 at 7:16

There is a Chrome version of the PDF Viewer extension which was developed for Firefox.

It doesn't do docs though. That needs another extension.

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