How to Download PDFs Instead of Viewing Them Using Chrome

When you click a PDF link in Chrome, the browser opens the PDF in a preview window. If you do not want this, you can change its default behavior.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 19, 2021

When you click a PDF link in Chrome, the browser opens the PDF in a preview window. If you do not want this, you can change its default behavior.

The Chrome browser has a built-in option to change this default setting. You can instruct Chrome to automatically download the PDF file without opening it in a preview window.

Instead, Chrome will prompt you to save your PDFs. Let’s explore how to set this feature in Google Chrome.

This is for devices running Google Chrome

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First, open Google Chrome on your computer. Next, click the Chrome menu (three dots hamburger icon) in the top right-hand corner of your window. Now, select Settings. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in Chrome settings, click Privacy and security in the left sidebar. Click Site Settings on the right. See below image:

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Accessing Site Settings

Now, scroll down in Site Settings and click Additional content settings at the very bottom of your screen. See following image:

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Accessing additional content

Next, in the expanded menu, select PDF documents on the left. Refer to below image:

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Accessing PDF documents

Now, toggle ON the Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome option. Refer to below image:

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Enable download of PDF documents instead of preview

Chrome will now display the standard save prompt for PDFs.

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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