Sunday, July 11, 2010

How to Force Google Chrome to Download PDF Files

Try this:
  • Go to "Options" (click the wrench button on upper right)
  • Go to: Under the Hood -> Content Settings -> Plug-ins
  • Click on "Disable Individual Plug-ins...
  • Locate the Adobe Acrobat plugin (or any other PDF viewer) and click "Disable"
Voila!

Cite as:
Saad, T. "How to Force Google Chrome to Download PDF Files". Weblog entry from Please Make A Note. http://pleasemakeanote.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-force-google-chrome-to-download.html

38 comments:

  1. Thanks!
    I have tried different solutions (editing chrome prefs, changing adobe internet settings, changing windows file associations), but this is by far the simplest and most elegant method.

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  2. Thanks! Sure would be nice if it worked like it does in Safari, where you have a simple "Download" button by the page controls... So you actually have the option to read it in the browser, too...

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  3. this works great!

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  5. or if document is opened, right click on it na save as...

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  6. I got sick of PDFs opening in Google docs. So I disabled that for PDFs. Now when I click on a PDF link I get:

    FoxItReaderOCX.ocx failed to load

    HELP!!!!

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  7. oh thanx, u really help me dude!

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  8. Thank you... this really helped :)

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  9. thank youuuu!!

    Wish there was a way to see in the viewer and then DECIDE if I want to DL it.

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  10. THANKYOU!!! after years of trying to figure this out.

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  11. Thanks a lot. Good tips.

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  12. BUNCHES OF THANKS!!!

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  13. Incredible tips .. help to solve my nightmare issues!! Thanks dude!
    Jacqueline from Malaysia

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  14. Thank you so much!!! Saving my nerves! Cheers! :)

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  15. Hellaujua! Why can't they just have an option to download if we want to so that we also have the option to view it in the browser? Damn cloud-o-philes!

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  16. This works but you get the best of both worlds very easily - use Firefox

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  17. Would be awesome if it work. :-(

    I had it disabled weeks ago. And, double checked just now.

    Still opens PDF's in the browser.

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    1. Thank you, Dinesh :) it worked! :) I owe you one beer :P

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  19. Hi there i have disabled all the plug ins but its still not working please help me!

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  20. hi there i have disabled all the plug ins and its still not working please help. many thanks

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  21. this is not helpful in the latest chrome version....any solutions ?

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  22. There is a much simpler way guys.
    When the PDF opens press Ctrl + S and a window will appear to save the file.

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    1. I managed to do that on a webpage I needed to get a file from. However, that does not work on scribd.com, where there are lots of pdf files that people would need to have downloaded. Any solution in that case?

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