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How to Download PDF Files on Chrome

Google Chrome was recently declared as the most popular desktop browser with 66.87% of the market share. To put this in perspective, Mozilla Firefox, the second in line only has a meager 11.44% market share. Most modern web browsers these days arrive with support for PDF files in-built. Those that don’t, manage this via extensions or add-ons. Google Chrome has the support for PDF files built-in. This means Chrome users can directly open PDF files inside the browser rather than having to download it first. What if you do want to download PDF files on Chrome though?

If you dry to click on the link to a PDF file on Chrome, instead of downloading it, Chrome simply opens it. At no point does it ask whether you want to download it instead. There isn’t even a download button you can click anywhere to download that PDF file. While the ability to directly view a PDF file without having to download it really helpful, sometimes it’s not, and quite the opposite. I, for some reason, also have Mozilla Firefox installed on all of my PCs alongside Chrome. I simply copy and paste the link in Firefox and download the file. Bu not everyone will want to install another browser just to download PDF files.

Moreover, even if you only had to view the PDF file, Chrome’s built-in PDF reader doesn’t offer features that you might find in third-party dedicated PDF reader software. Fortunately, Google does allow users to disable the built-in PDF reader in Chrome. Doing so will make Chrome download PDF files instead of opening them.

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Download PDF Files on Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome on your desktop and click on the three-dot menu button in the top-right then select Settings. Alternatively, you can just enter chrome://settings/ in the URL bar.
  2. Scroll down and click Advanced to expand the Advanced settings. Under the Privacy and security section, you will see Content settings. You can also arrive here using the side navigation menu, following the exact same path, i.e. Advanced > Privacy and securityHow To Download PDF Files On Chrome
  3. Click Content settings option. This action will open the Content settings page. How To Download PDF Files On Chrome
  4. Select PDF documents by clicking on it. How To Download PDF Files On Chrome
  5. Turn on Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome. This will stop Chrome from opening PDF files automatically. How To Download PDF Files On Chrome

3 thoughts on “How to Download PDF Files on Chrome”

  1. well..thanks for your information, excellent! I have a 5 years old Chromebox (not Chromebook) and this issue goes on and off randomly and I forget if the settings should be from the device or from the browser settings. (chrome).
    Today was the first time I saw your page but from several engine searches, your result was on top exactly the number one result.


  2. Mine was already set up like that with download pdf files selected. Turned it off and on again but Chrome still steadfastly refuses to download a pdf – my e mail system is disabled at a stroke|!

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