Enable the PDF Viewer in Chrome for Mac

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!