Are 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.
Note: This article was written several years ago for Windows 7. If you are on Windows 10. Check out our article on how to set default apps on Windows 10.
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.
In the Control Panel window that appears, Click the Associate a file type or protocol with a program.
Scroll down the list of programs and Select .pdf then Click Change program…
The Open with menu should appear, Click the Browse… button.
Browse to the following folder on your computer, or just copy/paste this line into your Explorer address bar:
Select chrome.exe and then Click Open.
You’ll be brought back to the Open With menu. Make sure Google Chrome is Selected and then Click OK.
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!