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How to Set Chrome As Your Default PDF Reader

Chrome - Default PDF ViewerAre you sick of Adobe Reader’s bloatware, sluggish performance, and security vulnerabilities?  If you haven’t already switched to an alternative PDF reader, Google Chrome can also read PDFs; even ones that are already downloaded to your computer!  Switching Chrome to be your default PDF reader is relatively simple, and we’ll guide you through the process in the groovy tutorial below.

 

Step 1

Click the Start Menu Orb and then Click Default Programs.

Alternatively you could Right-Click a PDF file and use the Open With menu, then skip to step 4.

Start Menu orb default programs

Step 2

In the Control Panel window that appears, Click the Associate a file type or protocol with a program.

Associate a file type with a program

Step 3

Scroll down the list of programs and Select .pdf then Click Change program…

Select pdf and change program

Step 4

The Open with menu should appear, Click the Browse… button.

open with -> browse

Step 5

Browse to the following folder on your computer, or just copy/paste this line into your Explorer address bar:

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application

Select chrome.exe and then Click Open.

browse to app data local google chrome appplciaction chrome.exe

Step 6

You’ll be brought back to the Open With menu.  Make sure Google Chrome is Selected and then Click OK.

google chrome ok

Done!google chrome pdf icon

Google Chrome should now be your default PDF viewer.  The icon that is associated with all of your PDF files should also change now to reflect Chrome’s logo.  Now you have a fast and efficient PDF reader that won’t clog up your system!

Google Chrome default pdf reader

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4 Responses to How to Set Chrome As Your Default PDF Reader

  1. chewbie March 21, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    very groovy 🙂

    • alexmvp March 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      I second that. Done and done!

  2. Adrian Ward January 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you. Why windows on the PC does not have ‘open in desktop’ I do not know.

  3. Yvonne Hogan February 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    GREAT post…
    works beautifully on Windows 7…unfortunately, not on XP…at least not with previously downloaded PDFs

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