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How To: Change Chrome’s PDF Viewer Back to Acrobat

If you have been using Chrome Browser for some time now, you may have noticed, when downloading PDFs, you automatically have the browser server as the host application to open the document. This may not be your preferred form of opening PDFs. If you are like me and prefer to use Adobe’s Acrobat (Reader or their licensed product), then you can see how to do this below.

Step 1:

In an open Chrome Browser tab, type in the following: chrome://settings/content

This should display a pop-up window within the browser window that has the title “Content Settings” that has the PDF option moved there.

Step 2:

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the “Content Settings” window to find the “PDF Documents” heading.

There you will see that the option to have your PDF documents opened by your default PDF viewer is unchecked. Go ahead and check the box and click on the “Done” button on the bottom-right portion of the pop-up box.

That’s it. Since I have Acrobat Reader as my default program set on my operating system, Chrome will no longer automatically use the built in “Chrome PDF Viewer” to open your documents. Instead, the document will be downloaded and will wait for you to click on it to have Chrome open it locally on your default PDF viewer.