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Open PDFs in Chrome?

Asked by jackm (6198points) September 23rd, 2010

So I finally made the switch from safari to chrome (mac) and everything was going great until I clicked a pdf link and it downloaded to my desktop.

Do we live in the stone ages? Why does chrome not display the pdf itself? I am hoping I am missing a simple setting checkbox or plugin, but I couldn’t find anything relevant.

I installed some plugin that said it would fix this, but it didn’t. How do you chrome users deal with this?

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katalac88's avatar

its hard to answer this question without actually being able to see what is happening when you try to open the pdfs… when you are clicking on the link what does the link actually say? does it say ‘view’ or ‘download’ this pdf? i personally have not had this issue; i also use windows, not mac.but maybe if you could provide more details about your issue i or other users could more easily help you?

jackm's avatar

When I click the link it initiates a download and then the pdf is on my desktop.

katalac88's avatar

and you only want to view the pdf in the browser, correct?

jackm's avatar

yes, I used to do this in safari. PDF links would open in a safari window.

katalac88's avatar

apparently this is a widespread issue… maybe check out this webpage for some answers? http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=7f83696ae8f32e4b&hl=en

one of the answers here says an option for quick view of the pdf allowed problem free viewing in the browser but not all will give you this option…

katalac88's avatar

https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/egljjohbmnnpicoiddaapkpejfpnmmpe

another solution—this extension opens pdfs in google docs viewer

katalac88's avatar

hope those help.

jackm's avatar

I installed that extension already, nothing

jrpowell's avatar

Enter about:plugins in the address bar. There is a option to turn on the built in pdf viewer.

http://i.imgur.com/B9hdQ.png

jackm's avatar

@johnpowell You are a god among men.
Thanks

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@jackm :: Thank my unemployment and lack of real life.

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