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How to Disable Built-in PDF Viewer In Google Chrome

Google Chrome has a built in PDF viewer which opens any PDF file in the browser, which can be saved for later reading too. A lot of times this causes Chrome to slow down or be unresponsive while a large PDF loads. If you want to download your PDFs and open them in a separate PDF program like Foxit Reader, then disable the PDF feature in Chrome.

Open Google Chrome and type about:plugins in the address bar.

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It will show you all installed plugins in Google Chrome. Locate Chrome PDF Viewer and click on Disable.
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If you want to know more details about the PDF Viewer or any other installed plugin, click on Details button in top right corner. It will show you the plugin’s location, type and other information about it.

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The PDF Viewer is now disabled. If you want to enable it anytime, just follow the steps above and re-enable it.

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Now you’ll need to download and open the document separately in PDF software like Adobe Reader or faster alternatives —  Foxit Reader or SumatraPDF.

On the other hand, if you like using the Chrome PDF reader, you can set it to open PDF files by default.

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