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How to use the PDF viewers in Google Chrome.

Open and access PDFs with the built-in PDF viewer in Chrome. Amplify your ability to work with them with the added Acrobat extension.

Key points about Chrome PDF viewers:

  • The Google Chrome browser comes with built-in PDF reader functionality for easy viewing.
  • The Adobe Acrobat extension for Google Chrome gives you additional features, including file conversion.
  • The Acrobat extension helps save space by accessing documents from anywhere via your browser. 

PDF integration with ease.

A common issue for folks who juggle many different documents at once is keeping track of everything. You need to open PDFs or documents in one application, access a plugin in another, and then switch to yet another application to open a different document. It can really make your head spin.


There are two ways to view PDFs in Chrome:


  • The Chrome PDF viewer, which is built into the browser.
  • The Adobe Acrobat extension for Google Chrome, which you can easily install.


With the free PDF viewer native to Google Chrome (its default PDF viewer), you can easily view PDF documents from your browser without having to jump to other apps.


If you add the Adobe Acrobat extension for Google Chrome to your browser, you’ll be able to easily convert different file types between PDF and other formats right in your browser so you can move seamlessly between viewing and editing. 

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How to install and enable the Adobe Acrobat extension for Google Chrome.

Installation of the Acrobat extension for Chrome is a breeze:

1. Go to the Google Chrome web store and find the Acrobat extension.

2. Click Add to Chrome.

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The Acrobat extension for Google Chrome supercharges your ability to work with PDFs in the browser with additional advanced settings.


With this extension, you’ll be able to convert PDFs to other formats like JPGs and Microsoft docs, add password protection, add highlights and annotation, reduce file sizes, and use other powerful features. In addition, the ability to sign, complete, and add signatures to forms comes standard, so you’ll never be out of the loop at work or when you need to get an important document out the door.


With this new Chrome extension, you’ll be able to view PDFs and work with PDF tools in your browser, as well as have access to new right-click context menu options for PDFs.

Get work done. Anywhere.

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Full-featured viewing, browser-style.

The Acrobat extension for Chrome makes reading and accessing documents from a web browser easier and more efficient. It also offers additional features and benefits that are above and beyond the native viewer to make it a powerful accessory.

Storage savings.

Accessing documents at lightning speed is great for efficiency, but in-browser viewing also saves hard drive space, as the file can be stored in Adobe Document Cloud storage. The Acrobat extension is also compatible with other cloud storage systems like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive, so you’re able to access and manipulate remote documents without ever having to download them.

Access everything.

With compatibility for Mac, Windows, and Linux, the viewer allows you to easily view and render PDF documents online, and you can turn the extension on and off quickly, whenever you need it. 

Easy conversion.

When you use Adobe Acrobat, you’ll be able to save and upload many different types of documents to PDF format for easy viewing. Other apps, including Google Suite apps, the Microsoft suite, and many others, support easy conversion to PDF format. 

Taking control of your documents is as easy as installing a free extension. Discover what other Chrome users are already taking advantage of and learn what you can do with the power of Acrobat at your fingertips.

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A few tips on Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer.

The Acrobat extension for Google Chrome will give you much more versatility when working with PDFs in your browser, but if you need to make adjustments to how you open PDFs with Chrome, refer to these instructions:

How to enable the native Chrome PDF viewer.

The native Chrome PDF viewer is the default way to open PDF files and view them in Chrome. You can toggle it on and off to either read PDFs in the browser or have them downloaded directly.


If you’d like PDFs to download, follow these steps:


  • In Chrome, click the three dots in the upper right corner of your browser window
  • Navigate to Settings › Advanced › Privacy and Security
  • Click Site Settings › PDF Documents
  • Use the toggle switch to download PDF files instead of automatically opening them (to turn the viewer off, just click the toggle switch again)

Reasons to turn off the Chrome PDF viewer.

The most common reasons come down to productivity and functionality. The Chrome PDF viewer doesn’t have as many features as the Acrobat extension for Chrome.


You might want to disable the native viewer to opt into the more full-featured version. In that case, downloading PDFs directly to your device, rather than opening them in a browser first, allows you to work with them directly in Acrobat, accessing all of its many features.

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