Methods for preventing Google Chrome from opening PDFs when downloaded

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Photo: Hadrian (Shutterstock) – Rather of opening a new tab, Google Chrome may download your PDFs directly to your computer instead. By default, Google Chrome opens a new tab when you click a PDF link. Unless you’re only interested in reading it, you’ll need to save the PDF to your computer and open it in another tool to make changes or combine several files. That’s OK if you just edit a few PDFs at a time, but if you edit a lot of PDFs on a regular basis, that procedure is a pain.

The option to compel Google Chrome to download PDFs instead of opening them in a new tab is hidden in Chrome’s settings, but it is there if you need it.

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When using Google Chrome, how do you set it to automatically download PDFs?

  1. Click the three dots symbol in the upper right corner of Chrome’s window.
  2. To change your preferences, go to the Settings menu.
  3. Select Security and Privacy from the left pane.
  4. Select Site Settings from the right pane.
  5. Make your way down to the bottom of the page and click on Additional material.
  6. You may now choose PDF Documents from a new menu that appears.
  7. In Chrome, the default choice is to open PDFs. In order to prevent Chrome from opening PDF documents in a new tab, you may click on the Download PDFs button next to the option.

Chrome will download a PDF file the next time you click on one of these links. Go back to Chrome’s settings and choose Advanced from the left pane followed by Downloads and check the right pane to see where downloaded files are saved—you can also check the default download location.

You can then open your PDF files in the finest PDF editing programs and make all the adjustments you want. Check out the finest scanner applications that allow you to easily generate PDFs.