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How to use the Chrome PDF viewer.

Open and access PDFs with the built-in PDF viewer in Chrome.

Full-featured PDF viewing right from your browser.

The Google Chrome browser comes with built-in PDF viewer functionality that enables you to open and access PDFs easily. You can amplify your ability to work with PDFs by using the Adobe Acrobat extension for Google Chrome. The Acrobat extension gives you additional features, including file conversion, and saves hard drive space by allowing you to access documents from anywhere via your browser.

Easy PDF viewer integration

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.

The Adobe Acrobat extension in the Google Chrome web store

2. Click Add to Chrome.

The Adobe Acrobat extension being added to Google Chrome

3. Launch your Chrome web browser.

The Google search bar in Chrome

4. Click the Chrome menu icon — three vertical dots — in the upper-right corner of the toolbar.

The Google Chrome menu icon being clicked

5. Select More Tools > Extensions.

The Extensions option being clicked in the Chrome menu

6. Find the Adobe Acrobat extension and click the toggle button to turn it on.

Screen showing the Adobe Acrobat extension being turned on

Simple rendering of Google Chrome in gray and white with the Acrobat extension icon featured in red

For ease of use, we recommend pinning the Acrobat extension for quick access:


1. Locate and click on the puzzle-shaped icon in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window.


2. Locate the Adobe Acrobat extension in the dropdown menu. 


3. Click the pushpin icon to the right of the extension name.


4. The pushpin icon will turn blue.


5. Now, you’ll be able to see the Acrobat extension in the toolbar of every Chrome window you open.


To get started, try opening any PDF in your browser. When prompted, select an Acrobat tool.

 

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.

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 Chrome has its own PDF viewer built-in to the browser as a default. 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. It’s relatively simple to adjust your Chrome PDF viewer settings. 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
  • Locate the toggle switch next to “Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome.
  • Turn the toggle on to have PDF files download, or turn it off to view files within your Chrome browser.
  • Test to make sure your settings have changed by selecting a PDF file in your Chrome browser. With the toggle on, the file should download directly to your computer and open in your device’s default PDF viewer. With the toggle off, the PDF will appear in your browser as a new tab.

If you prefer to view PDFs using Chrome’s built-in viewer, you can customize your view. 

 

For full-screen PDF presentation:

 

  • Open the PDF.
  • On a Mac, locate and click on a green circle in the upper-left corner of the window. You can also use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Command+F.
  • On a PC, locate and click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the Window. Then, click “Present.” You can also use the keyboard shortcut Fn+F11. 

To split the PDF view into two pages:

 

  • Find the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the Chrome PDF viewer window. Select “Two page view.”
  • Try clicking the “Fit to page” option at the top of the new window to view both pages simultaneously side by side.

 

As a note, you don’t have to close down and reopen Chrome for the settings to update. However, if you are experiencing issues, you can always restart your browser and double check that you have the latest version of Chrome installed on your device. 

Reasons to disable the Chrome PDF viewer.

The most common reasons come down to productivity and functionality. While Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer offers users a convenient way to quickly view PDF files, the Chrome PDF viewer doesn’t have as many features as the Acrobat extension for Chrome.

       

Disabling the viewer in favor of downloading PDF files to your computer also gives you the option to save files of interest so that you don’t have to spend time relocating them online or in your bookmarked pages later on. 

 

You might also want to disable the native viewer to opt into a more full-featured version of PDF software that the Chrome PDF viewer would block. 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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