How to Disable Google Chrome as the Default PDF Viewer

Opening a PDF in Google Chrome can sometimes affect printing abilities. If Google Chrome is currently your default PDF viewer and you want to disable that feature, read on.

  1. Click on the following link, or copy and paste it into your Chrome address bar: chrome://settings/content
  2. The Content Setting box will automatically open
    Google Content Settings
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Content Setting box until you see “PDF Documents”
  4. Check the box that says “Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application”
    Google Content Settings PDF
  5. Click “Done.”


How To Confirm Acrobat is the Default PDF Viewer After Changing Chrome Settings

  1. Right click on any PDF that still shows this icon Google Chrome iconand click on “Properties”
  2. Click on “Change” and choose the Acrobat product you want to use. Click “OK”, and then click “OK” again.
    default PDF viewer


This will change the icons to the new default reader system icons. The Google Chrome PDF reader is now disabled and you’ll be ready to open PDFs in Acrobat and print accordingly!

Reader Interactions


  1. Guiliana says

    Interesting….it’s only been a few weeks since the last positive comment, but this does not work on my Win10 Home PC.

    My problem is slightly different – PDF files open with the right program — I’m just tired of half my PDFs being called “Chrome HTML files” in File Explorer!

  2. John W Humphrey says

    I’ve been trying to find this for a week or so. Thanks for posting. All I had to do was change the opens with in the property.

  3. kingers says

    No such setting on my new Win 10 PC. Only “Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome”

  4. Jason says

    Perfect thanks! Wanted the pdf files to open in Adobe so I can print them with its settings instead of Chrome settings, specifically the save ink/toner option.

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