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How to Open PDF in Chrome

This article tells you how to open PDF in Google Chrome before you download it in your local drive, so you can make decision whether it is the right file you need or not

Emily Xiao
Posted by Emily Xiao | @Emily Xiao | Category: PDF Reading Tips
Published: May 18,2015 17:56 pm / Updated: Sep 01,2015 11:59 am

Have spent so much time in looking for PDF files for your electronic manual, economics course, or classic books, only to find you can’t open it in Google Chrome? Or when you try to open a PDF file in Chrome, but the PDF crashed weirdly? It always drives us crazy when we can't open the file in Chrome, especially when the file format is PDF. Do not worry, man. You might have not installed a PDF reader within Chrome yet to help open the PDF files or the extension you've installed just cannot match the latest Chrome.

Normally speaking, if you do not have extra corresponding apps, like some kind of files downloading tool, installed on your computer, then your web browser is the default tool to download files from the Internet without opening these target files. Only with some extensions (plug-ins) added to your web browser, you are able to preview the files in your web browser, say, PPT, Excel, Word,etc before you download them. It is the same with PDF. The following information is about how to open PDF files in Chrome.

Step 1: Install Chrome extension

  1. 1.First, you should have the Chrome extension, named DocsPDFPowerPoint Viewer installed with Google Chrome. To find it, as the picture show below, click the "customize and control Google Chrome" tool icon, select "Tools>extensions".

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  2. 2.In the extensions page, click the link "Get more extensions". Then in the search box, type in "DocsPDF/PowerPoint Viewer" and search.

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Get the result and click the DocsPDF/PowerPoint Viewer. And then in the following page, click the "Add to Chrome" button to install DocsPDF/PowerPoint Viewer. When it has been installed successfully, a prompt could tell you that you can use it now. Restart Chrome.

Step 2: Use Google Chrome to open PDF

Now, whenever you find a PDF file online, the moment you click it, it will be opened in Google Chrome instantly. If it is the file you need, you can download the original PDF, save it to Google Docs or even print it by going to the "File" menu.

This is how to open a PDF in the web browser, Chrome. This way is helpful in selecting a useful PDF file. However, after you get the desired PDF file, you should open and read it on a professional PDF editor, say Wondershare PDFelement. Only on a PDF editor, you can edit PDF text, highlight PDF content, add image to a PDF file and so on. 

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