How to read PDFs on Chromebook.
PDFs are designed to maintain a document’s layout regardless of device. Learn how to open and view a PDF on Chromebook for the best reading experience.
Open the PDF with the right application.
You can view a PDF on your Chromebook in three simple steps:
- Find the PDF you want to open from your Files app.
- Single click on the file to select it, then select Open at the top of the window. This will open a dropdown menu of different applications.
- Choose the application you want to use to open the PDF. This will open the PDF in a new window for viewing.
On a Chromebook, the default application to read PDFs is View. You can also choose to open the PDF with other Google-based apps in your Google Drive. Although you’ll be able to read PDFs with these apps, they might not give you all the features like editing, signing, and annotating.
The best software to read PDFs on Chromebook is a PDF-specific reader like Adobe Acrobat. Only a PDF reader will give you access to all the features and functions embedded in the PDF. Once installed to your Chromebook, it should appear in the dropdown menu after you click the Open tab.
PDF reading controls for Chromebook.
Once you open the PDF with Acrobat, you’re not stuck with the standard view. You can adjust the size, layout, and colors for the optimal reading experience:
- Read mode — enlarges the reading screen to cover your toolbars for a clearer view of the page. You can toggle Read Mode in the View tab.
- Change themes — choose between display themes (system, light gray, or dark gray) to create your preferred reading experience.
- Zoom — magnify the page to pick up on details or see smaller fonts more easily. The Zoom tool is located at the top of the toolbar or in the View tab.
Take a moment to discover more about how Acrobat Reader can make it easy to read PDFs on your Chromebook.