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Prevent Google Chrome or Edge from opening PDF files

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Question / Problem: 

Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are opening PDF files in the browser despite Power PDF being set as the default.

Answer / Solution: 

By design Chromium based browsers will always open PDF files natively regardless of the OS settings.   You can now disable this behavior in the web browsers.  

Please note:  The settings below are for third party products not manufactured by Kofax, please verify all steps with the manufacture before making changes. 

 

Chrome Settings – Automatically Opening PDF’s in Power PDF

  1. Ensure that Power PDF is installed on the computer and set as the default application for PDF’s.
  2. In Chrome, go to the “Menu” icon, then choose “Settings“.
  3. In the “Privacy and Security” section, select “Site Settings“.
  4. Select “Additional content settings”.
  5. Scroll down and select “PDF documents“.
  6. Switch the “Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome” to “On“.
  7. PDF files will download in Chrome just like any other file. You can select the downloaded file at the bottom of the window, then choose “Always open with system viewer”, then the file will open in the default PDF viewer.

Edge Settings – Automatically Opening PDF’s in Power PDF

  1. Ensure that Power PDF is installed on the computer and set as the default application for PDF’s.
  2. In Edge, go to the “Menu” icon, then choose “Settings“.
  3. In the “Cookies and Site Permissions section, select “PDF Documents“.
  4. Select “Additional content settings”.
  5. Switch the “Always download PDF files to “On“.
  6. PDF files will download in Chrome just like any other file. You can select the downloaded file at the bottom of the window, then choose “Always open with system viewer”, then the file will open in the default PDF viewer.

 

Depending on your Windows setup you may be prompted to open in the system viewer on your first PDF file. 

Applies to:  

Product Version
Power PDF ALL

 

 

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