Quick Tips: How to Disable PDF Viewer in Google Chrome

Google Chrome comes with an inbuilt PDF viewer that allows you to view PDF files right in the browser. Some people will love it and some don’t. If you belong to the latter camp and wish to turn off the PDF feature for good. Here’s how you can do it.

Open your Google Chrome and type “about:plugins” in the URL bar.

Scroll down the list until you see the option “Chrome PDF Viewer”.

Click the “disable” link beneath it.


That’s it. From now on, whenever you click on a PDF link, it will prompt you to download the file instead of displaying it in the browser.

To restore the PDF Viewer feature, just follow the same steps and click the “Enable” link.