It is easy to change the default PDF viewer in Google Chrome and make Chrome Open PDF in Adobe Reader, instead of opening them in the browser window.
Make Chrome Open PDF in Adobe Reader
By default, most web browsers including Google Chrome open PDF documents in the browser window and no longer rely on Adobe Acrobat Reader to open PDF Files.
However, people who are used to opening PDF files in Adobe Reader Mode do not like the idea of PDF Files opening in Microsoft Edge or Chrome browser window.
Hence, we are providing below the steps to make Adobe Acrobat Reader as the default PDF viewer in Google Chrome.
1. Make Chrome Open PDF Files in Adobe Reader
Download & Install Adobe Reader on your computer and follow the steps below to make Adobe as the default PDF viewers in Chrome browser.
Open Chrome browser > click on the 3-dots Menu icon and click on Settings in the drop-down menu.
On Chrome Settings screen, scroll down and click on Site Settings tab located under “Privacy & Security” section.
On Site Settings screen, expand Additional content Settings tab (if hidden) and click on PDF Documents.
On PDF Documents screen, move the toggle next to Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome to ON position.
After this, you will always find Chrome opening PDF files in Adobe Acrobat Reader and not in its own browser window.
2. Make Chrome Open PDF in Adobe Reader Using Adobe Settings
If you still find PDF files opening in Chrome or any other application, you may need to follow the steps below to directly change Adobe Reader settings
Open Adobe Reader > select the Edit tab in top-menu bar and click on Preferences in the drop-down menu.
On preferences screen, click on General in the left pane. In the right-pane, scroll down almost to the bottom and click on Select as Default PDF Handler button.
Note: You may be prompted to enter your Admin Password.
On the next screen, click on Continue and follow the onscreen instructions to make PDF Files open in Adobe Reader.