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How to enable PDF viewer in Google Chrome browser?

You can use the Google Chrome browser to open and view PDF files. Check out how in the guide below.

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Google Chrome can be used to open PDF documents on your computer. The new version of Chrome browser v87 includes a new redesigned PDF reader. The new edition has integrated support for page thumbnail, previews, support for documents outline, a file zoom view controller, a Fit to page option, and support to rotate the documents. Read how to open and view PDF on your Google Chrome browser. 

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Using Chrome Flag page: 

Using Chrome Flag page: The new update on PDF-viewer on the Google Chrome browser has brought the built-in PDF viewer, which is PDFium. To enable the new feature you can visit the Chrome Flag page. Follow the steps below to enable it.

  • Open Google Chrome browser on your computer
  • Open the Chrome Flag page from the search bar 
  • Or you can use this link:  chrome://flags/#pdf-viewer-update 
  • Now with the option given next to PDF viewer update click on enabled 
  • Now you use the feature and view any PDF file without any other action as it will open the file directly in the Chrome browser 

Read more: How to compress PDF files for free?

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Using the Google Chrome settings:

Using the Google Chrome settings:Google Chrome browser has a handy built-in PDF file viewer for quick and easy access to your PDF documents. The built-in feature allows you instant access to any PDF you want. You do not have to necessarily download very PDF files, you can view them first on your Chrome browser. This will save you a lot of time and unnecessary download of PDF files. This is how to enable it using the Google Chrome settings. 

  • Open your Google Chrome browser on your system 
  • Go to the vertical three-dot icon and click on it 
  • And from the drop-down list select settings
  • From the left side, panel click on Privacy and Security  
  • Now scroll down to the bottom of the page on the Window
  • And tap Additional content settings
  • Again scroll down and click on PDF options 
  • You can use the toggle and on the PDF viewer 

Read also: How to edit a PDF file? The best and most convenient ways

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Download an extension: PDF viewer 

Download an extension: PDF viewer The extension will make Google Chrome the default PDF viewer browser. The third option to view your PDF on Google Chrome browser with no difficulties is where you download the PDF or read it by adding an extension to your Chrome browser. The steps below will show how to add and PDF file extension. 

  • Open the Chrome browser 
  • Click on the vertical three-dot icon on the top right corner 
  • Scroll down to settings 
  • And go to the extension on the left side panel 
  • Click on the extension and using the three horizontal line on the top left corner go to open google chrome web store on the bottom of the left side panel 
  • Now search PDFjs viewer on the search bar which is on the left side panel
  • Click on the PDFjs and use the Add to chrome option to enable and view PDF files with ease 

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