Enable the PDF Viewer in Chrome for Mac

By Brian Patterson

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For a while I assumed that the native Chrome PDF viewer did not exist on Chrome for Mac.  I was so accustomed to it on Windows, but when I switched over to Mac, I just figured that PDFs had to be downloaded to be viewed… after all, it is the default behavior. Well I did a bit of digging and found that there is a native PDF viewer on Mac Chrome, but it isn’t enabled by default.

To enable it is very easy.  In the Chrome browser bar, just type:  chrome://plugins

pdf viewer for Chrome for Mac

Here you’ll see a list of all of the plug-ins that come by default and all of the plug-ins that you’ve added on.  Look on that list for ‘Chrome PDF Viewer’.  Click the ‘enable’ link underneath that and you should be good to go – no need for a restart!

About Brian Patterson
Brian is a new Apple Cult convert, having just bought the MacBook Air in November of 2010. An IT consultant by trade, he focuses on Search Engine Optimization, Reputation Management, and other cool stuff on the interwebs. G+

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