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Can't view PDF files in Chrome kevinsandlin 12/18/08 6:18 AM
I cannot open PDF files found on the internet when I browse using Chrome. This problem does not occur when I visit the same web sites and download the same PDF files using IE or FireFox. I am using WinXPSP3.  Below is the popup dialog box error that I get in Chrome.

"The adobe acrobat/reader that is running can not be used to view PDF files in a web browser. Please exit adobe acrobat/reader and exit your web browser and try again."
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome seattlefiddler 12/18/08 7:18 PM
Yes, I had the same problem. It seems you can't have more than 1 Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer. I had both Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 and Adobe Acrobat 9pro. I removed Acrobat Reader 8 (no use for it anyway, it was originally on my computer or automatically comes with certain software you install). After I uninstalled the Reader I was able to open pdf files using Chrome without any difficulty. A simple fix, but if you don't know ......

Cheers
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome kevinsandlin 12/18/08 7:49 PM
Well, I guess I'm doing something special then.  I do not have Adobe Reader installed, never have. I have Acrobat 9 installed, and this error only occurs in Chrome, not in FF or IE.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome seattlefiddler 12/19/08 9:05 AM
Hmmm! It's obviously more complicated. This was not a problem with FF or IE for me either. But now it works fine after I removed AR. With the ubiquity of pdf files on web sites this problem is quite an impediment to using the browser. Anyone else have a solution?

Good luck!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Swish 12/26/08 10:41 AM
Apparently, when adobe reader installs it detects the web browsers on the system and then adds the corresponding browser plug-ins.
Just reinstall adobe reader and that should fix it.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome kevinsandlin 12/26/08 6:56 PM
I do not have Adobe Reader installed on my PC.  I have Adobe Acrobat 9.  No joy.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Huntress 12/27/08 6:41 AM
I filed an issue report on this problem here:

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=3977

I had great success in solving it by following ninkendo's advice--haven't had a problem since.  Hope this helps.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome kevinsandlin 12/29/08 7:30 AM
OK, again, it is NOT Adobe Reader.  I do not have Adobe Reader installed on my machine in any way shape or form.  It is NOT Adobe Reader.

It's Adobe Acrobat v9.0.0.

This appears to be a Chrome issue, since it does not occur in either Firefox or IE, but only in Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Seth Johnson 12/31/08 7:55 AM
Adobe Acrobat v9.0.0 has Adobe Reader built in...

I am on the phone with Adobe Support to rectify this issue.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Seth Johnson 12/31/08 8:10 AM
Adobe support said to:

1) Open Adobe Acrobat
2) click Edit > Preferences
3) click "internet" on the left
4) check the box at the top that says "Preview PDF in Browser" (if it is already checked, uncheck it then hit OK, then go back to step 1)
5) click Ok

This worked for me, good luck . . .
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome kevinsandlin 12/31/08 4:19 PM
No joy.  Done this over and over, back and forth.  It's not an issue with IE or Firefox. Only with Chrome, leading me to believe the issue is not with Adobe, but with Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome solgwr 12/31/08 4:31 PM
I have Reader 9 & have no problems opening up a PDF in Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Seth Johnson 12/31/08 6:01 PM
What OS are you using?  It works in Chrome for me on Vista after making the change described above.  Have you tried reinstalling Acrobat?
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome exzackly 1/5/09 6:42 PM
I have the same version of Acrobat on Vista and it works just fine.  Have you tried uninstalling Acrobat and reinstalling it?  Which was on your system first, Acrobat or Chrome?  ...just fishing.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Bob Down 1/7/09 12:23 AM
I have the same problem as kevinsandlin and was hoping to find a solution here, but the answers here are really poor. No-one seems to have read the initial problem correctly and you have have all jumped in with wrong solutions. The basic problem seems to be a lack of understanding that there is a difference between Acrobat Reader and Acrobat. A lot of people must be simply unaware that the program that creates pdf files is called Acrobat, not Acrobat Reader. If you downloaded it for free, you have reader. If you paid $500 you have Acrobat and can actually create pdf files.
Acrobat does not have Reader "built-in", that is completely incorrect.
If you didn't pay for it, you do not understand the problem and any solution you are offering is probably way off the mark and applies only to the free reader.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome overzet 1/7/09 11:14 AM
You're right Bob, I found a solution here. It works well for me.
http://tech-thunder.blogspot.com/2008/12/read-pdf-inside-google-chrome.html
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome kevinsandlin 1/7/09 1:46 PM
Seth Johnson and exzackly - thanks for the input. I'm running XPSP3.  Acrobat9 was here first, then Chrome in various beta releases and now the latest release.  I will try reinstalling Acrobat.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jacobsca 1/15/09 3:25 PM
I have the same problem. Acrobat V 8 worked fine but when I updated to Acrobat V 9 today I cannot display files in Chrome. What is going on and how to fix this?
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome henk 1/22/09 12:08 AM
I have the same problem, using Chrome and Vista. In Firefox and IE Foxit PDF (my default pdf reader) works fine.

This what I did: (according to Seth Johnson)

1) Open Adobe Reader 9
2) click Edit > Preferences
3) click "internet" on the left
4) check the box at the top that says "Preview PDF in Browser" (if it is already checked, uncheck it then hit OK, then go back to step 1) (I had to do this!)
5) click Ok

After that I could open PDF's in Chrome (with Adobe Reader).
I tried the same with Foxit Reader, but it did not work, (I did not spend any time to figure out how to get Foxit working)
Seth thanks!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Chang Hao Hu 1/22/09 12:12 AM
Dear all,

I found a way to solve this problem.

My environment:
Windows XP Pro SP3 (Traditional Chinese Edition)
Adobe Reader 9 (Chinese)
Google Chrome 1.0.154.43 (English)

My Solution:
1. Open Adobe Reader 9
2. Go to "Preferences..."
3. Choose "Internet" (Bottom of the left list)
4. Check "Show PDF in the browser"

 For your reference.

Chang Hao Hu
Taiwan, Republic of China
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Salty1960 1/22/09 4:45 PM
Dear All,

I have suffered similar problem for many months (I use Acrobat Pro V6 all the time, and also have A version of Adobe Reader )

I tried most of the above, and have reloaded software various times for other reasons, it never fixed the problem for me.

I just spent a half an hour, & think I fixed it (permanently)  But not sure how.


I deleted every program reference to any (there was about a dozen) adobe projgrams (pdf, pdx, all sorts of file extensions I have never noticed, )  within the Control Panel, Folder options, File Types Tab.  So any pdf file on my desktop did not show an adobe icon.
I opened my Reader program and changed the Edit menu, Preferences, Internet category,  by unchecking the "Display in PDF in browser"
Then I opened my Acrobat (Professional V6 in this instance) and did the same (ie  dit menu, Preferences, Internet category,  by unchecking the "Display in PDF in browser")

I figured PDFs should open in Chrome at this stage.  But miraculously it works very fast and consistently (it uses the acrobat pro version I think)

Hope this helps.


Stephen, Sydney Australia
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome chromenovice 2/2/09 2:12 PM
I have Windows XP and had Adobe Reader version 8 and a similar problem when I installed Chrome and subsequently installed Adobe Acrobat 9.  I uninstalled Adobe Reader 8, turned off the preference in Adobe Acrobat 9, downloaded Adobe Reader 9 and made sure the preferences were enabled to open the pdf in the browser.  Now it works.  Go figure.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome chocobanana 2/4/09 6:18 AM
The most likely cause for this type of problem is having two PDF readers installed (i.e. Acrobat + Adobe Reader)

If you only have one reader, then you  may want to remove Google Chrome altogether, and reinstall using the Google Pack which will make a system wide installation and work better with system wide browser plugins.

Good luck! :)
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome re26 2/19/09 9:03 AM
Note: if you have Acrobat Professional 9 -the solution proposed by many others including Chang Hao Hu may not work as the option is grayed out. If this is the case uncheck the two other boxes in the same tab that say "Allow fast web view" and "Allow speculative downloading in the background"

I found this to work.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome gabhanjacisa 2/27/09 1:15 PM
Here is my work-around:  save the pdf internet address to the desktop and open in Adobe Reader.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome shreedhar.g.naik 3/5/09 2:11 AM
By Installing Acrobat Reader 4.0 Version we can view the pdf files
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome tammy_cravit 3/6/09 3:05 PM
Here's how I solved this problem (with Acrobat 9.0 Pro on Windows XP) on my system:

1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Browser
2. Copy the file "nppdf32.dll"
3. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins
4. Paste the nppdf32.dll file
5. Restart Chrome.

Voila - Chrome can open files in a browser tab now.

Hope that helps someone!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome kevinsandlin 3/7/09 9:20 AM
DOH!  I had high hopes for this one, but alas...

On step 3, I navigated all the way to \chrome\application\ but there's no folder called "Plugins".  There are 2 folders that seem to coincide with Chrome's version numbers - 1.0.154.43 and 1.0.154.48 - then "dictionaries" but no "plugins".
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Tippler 3/9/09 9:24 PM
I'm having same problem (Chrome/Vista/Adobe Reader 9) and none of the solutions have worked thus far.   No trouble with Firefox.
Thank you to Kevin for initial post and to all the community-minded respondents.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Shawn (Googler) 3/10/09 4:05 PM
Hey guys,

There's error documentation on Adobe's site that sounds like it applies to some of you. You may want to check out some of the solutions they list on their site.

Best,
Shawn
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome SharkAtl 3/11/09 5:11 AM
I had the same problem with viewing pdf files using Chrome.  I currently have Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard installed on my computer running XP.  Here is what I did to fix the problem, and it really does work now.  

1.  Open Adobe Acrobat
2.  Drop down Edit
3.  Click on Preferences
4.  Click on Internet
5.  Check the box next to Display in Browser (the first time I did this the box was un-checked)
6.  Close Adobe Acrobat

After doing this, I tested out Chrome and was finally able to download and open pdf files using Chrome.

Hope this helps.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome kevinsandlin 3/11/09 11:23 AM
Hey folks, thank you for all your diligent replies. I have tried every single one of these, all in a simple effort NOT to have to uninstall and reinstall Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, because that's about 2 hours out of my life that I'll never get back.  And now I'll never get it back, because I gave up, uninstalled and reinstalled Acrobat pro 9, and VOILA!  We're all set.  PDFs load like butter in Chrome now.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome luckythirteenth 3/18/09 11:18 AM
Thanks Seth!!!  That worked for me too!  yay!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome abruti 3/20/09 6:14 AM
I've had a version of this problem. Originally running Acrobat 9 and Reader 8 all worked fine in both Firefox and Chrome. Then I got an automatic install of a security update to Acrobat and Chrome stopped working, with the 'Adobe Acrobat/Reader that is running cannot be used...' error.

Tried all the variants above, including uninstalling Reader 8 and installing Reader 9, without success. I finally got it to work by being very careful to close all acrobats and browsers and restarting them after making changes. I fear one of the problems is that changes are only implemented after the various bits of software are closed down and then restarted, although it does not warn you of this.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome sed077 3/25/09 2:51 AM
Re: Foxit.  Following advice in another thread, I updated Foxit (to 3.0), and it now works fine withiin Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome nigelguest 3/28/09 8:55 PM
i have read this blog with great interest, and followed some of the suggestions, but nothing worked. I haven't reinstalled Acrobat, because i am absolutely darned if i will go to that much trouble. This isn't the only serious problem with Chrome - you have to install a 3rd party add-on to be able to email a web link; you can't use Bookmarks without adding a toolbar that reduces the screen area available for viewing a web page. Life's too short, and there are other good browsers. I'll give it another try when they issue version 2,or 3.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome headphone_lord789 3/29/09 2:38 PM
On Google Chrome when i went to view a PDF file using Adobe Reader, It showed and empty box with only 1 question mark inside it and the "OK" button.  I've tried it with Mozilla Firefox and no problem!  however, with chrome, none of these suggestions that i tried worked (I didn't waste my life reinstalling the PDF creater thingy.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome George Conk 3/30/09 5:39 AM
I have a new ThinkPad running Vista with Adobe 9 standard downloaded just a few days ago.

Also new Adobe Reader.

CANNOT view pdf in a brower.

That is such an important function to me that it forces me to stop using Chrome (and I am a heavy user).

The preference boxes are correct, etc.  there have been uninstalls, and reloads of the new prorams.  No help.

Cannot open pdf file in Chrome.

IE works fine.

Tech support at Adobe: clueless.

Tech support at Lenovo.  No support.

GOOGLE: FIX THIS!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome mvachino 3/30/09 8:44 AM
I had the same problem because I was using the current release of chrome. Installing Chrome Beta was the only thing that solved it. http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/chrome/beta/
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome George Conk 3/31/09 5:53 PM
I already had installed Chrome Beta.

But I went to adobe update.  Even though I had a straight out of the box brand new Adobe Standard 9 bought directly from Adobe, the update was really extensive.  It was a six minute download.  After I downloaded that the problem seems to be solved.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome balancefromwithin 4/15/09 12:17 PM
I downloaded the adobe update and it didn't solve anything, and I've tried most everything already posted?????????
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Jeff7 4/18/09 1:46 PM
One solution mentioned above is very critical.  If you have more than one version of adobe acrobat/reader on your system, you need to uninstall the older version/s through add/remove programs.  Then go to the adobe installer files on your computer and double-click on the .exe file in that folder.  Then, select Repair and then the application will be re-installed on your computer.  After that, you will be able to view pdf files within Chrome.   Of course, make sure that View through web browser is checked in the Internet section of preferences for your Adobe program.  I believe the current adobe reader version is 9.1.

                                                                                             Jeff
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome George Conk 4/18/09 5:08 PM
That is really very good advice.  In my case I removed Adobe 8 and the new Adobe reader 9 and Adobe standard 9, then reinstalled. - gwc
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome asmoreland 5/11/09 7:13 AM
I love the Google Chrome browser and was having this issue on one of the computers I use, my home desktop. My work laptop and home laptop were working just fine. Both laptops were running Acrobat Professional 9 and Acrobat Reader 9.x (whatever the current version is). The desktop was running Acrobat Professional 8 and Acrobat Reader 9.x. After trying all the various combinations above, including unchecking the Display in Browser box in Acrobat Professional and checking it in Acrobat Reader. I decided to go nutty and drop back to Acrobat Reader 8.1.3, which is still available for download on Adobe's site. Now, opening PDFs works perfectly. It seems that as someone pointed out above, that there are issues with using more than one version of Acrobat/Acrobat Reader. This will work for a while (well, until Adobe starts telling me to update Reader), but Google folks need to fix this. Chrome is now my favorite browser -- I love the New Tab page that links to my most-used pages -- and I love that I get more real estate on the screen than with either IE or FF.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome chippy 5/11/09 3:37 PM
Try copying the Acrobat plugin over the Google Chrome folder as described here:

http://windowsfixup.com/2009/05/google-chrome-wont-display-pdf-files-fix/
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome ambar 5/11/09 6:25 PM
seth johnsons recipe worked...................thanks buddy.....
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Martin_DE 5/12/09 7:08 AM
I have WinXP SP3 running and our IT guys secretly replaced my Adobe Reader 8.1x with Reader 9.1 - and that brought up the typical "There was an error opening this document.  This file cannot be found."

Funny enough, some PDFs worked, some didn't, really strange...

Workaround that worked for me:

1) I copied the nppdf32.dll file to the Chrome "plugins" folder (as described above)
2) I closed Chrome, opened Adobe Reader and started Help -> Repair Adobe Reader Installation

As I prefer to view PDF NOT in my browser I unchecked the option "view PDF in browser" in Adobe Reader preferences.

Everything works fine now again. Thanks to all for suggesting solutions.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome mikemallory 5/13/09 11:27 AM
I've tried a bunch of these to no avail!!!

I've got Vista and Acrobat 9 Pro...........Plugin files don't work........disabling viewing in browser doesn't work.....etcetc

Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jtkidd 5/15/09 6:08 PM
Hello Folks,,,I did have the PDF viewing problem,,,,I put two(2) options/group suggestions together and Golly Gee,,,it is now working,,,,I have Acrobat 9 with the latest updates,,,,I copied file "nppdf32.dll" to LocalSettings ...Goggle/Chrome/.....in with the other *.dll files...this allowed me to right click and download the PDF file....going to Acrobat 9 edit...preference....internet....and TUNING ON the display in browser" item worked for me....I'm a Happy Camper....Jimmy
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Martin_DE 5/18/09 7:15 AM
Update to my recent post:
My system finally changed back again to "...this file cannot be found." - really annoying.

So I disabled the Adobe Reader plugin in Chrome as follows:

1) Compare before vs. after by verifying that the PDF plugin is enabled:
about:plugins (into Chrome's address bar)
-> you will find the section with Adobe PDF further down, including the relevant file name of the plugin (nppdf32.dll).

2) Search the relevant plugins paths for the Adobe reader plugin "nppdf32.dll" :

a) User -> Local Settings -> Application Data -> Google -> Chrome
b) Program files -> Adobe Reader
c) ...any other path that could have the plugin, e.g. Firefox or IE paths (both in User -> Local Settings and program files)

3) Delete the file nppdf32.dll wherever you find it (or more it to a temp folder in case you want to have the option to revert to the previous state)

4) Close all Chrome windows

5) Start Chrome, type in about:plugins and search for the Adobe PDF section - it should now have disappeared.
(if it has not disappeared, search your hard disc again for the plugin file as mentioned above)

6) Check out your favourite sites with PDF links.
Chrome will now ask you each time where to download the file to - now enjoying PDF in the Reader again directly (and not in Chrome's browser window), yippeeh.

Hint:
I changed the default download location to the root of drive D:  - so I can either save it there and leave it there, or easily navigate into a specific folder.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Gob Bluth 5/18/09 12:03 PM
I struggled with this problem, and tried many of the solutions above.  Finally fixed it by installing the latest beta version of Chrome.  I am using Win XP with Acrobat Pro 9.1.    Chrome will now open PDFs in the browser.    

One odd note... when I went into the acrobat application after installing the Chrome beta, it went through the windows installer process.  But everything still seems to be working OK.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome umax 5/20/09 2:01 AM
Easy fix that worked for me for Chrome 1 and Acrobat Reader 9.1. Go to control panel->Programs. Select Acrobat Reader and click Change. Installer will start and offer you the choice of Repair. Select that and follow instructions.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome tikkun 5/27/09 11:04 PM
Found this fix on another site to get Foxit Reader working with Chrome under WinXP. I did it, restarted Chrome, and PDFs open correctly. FYI--I don't have Acrobat Reader on my system.

1) Copy C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\plugins\npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll
2) If you don't have one, create a plugins directory for Chrome in this location:
    C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_USER_NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\
3) Paste the file from step 1 into the plugins directory you created.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome edwashere 6/2/09 12:38 PM
OK -- After reading all of this and going through each link in the discussion and following each and every advice here --- IT STILL DID NOT WORK!
I have Windows Vista. I purchased Acrobat 9.0 Professional. It all worked under Internet Explorer.
I then subsequently installed Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, & Google Chrome. (I was evaluating all of the browsers to see which one I liked the most).
None of them worked with Adobe Acrobat --- As I said I did all of the stuff listed in this thread...
I was about to to the 2 hour uninstall of Acrobat and then re-install when I noticed something...
If you go into Acrobat and click on the HELP menu, then select Repair Acrobat Installation....
It will run for about 45 minutes... Saving you the uninstall and re-install and about 1 hour or more in time....
FINALLY, after it finished, it of course asked me to reboot -- I did not do this -- But then I tried it in all of the browsers and it worked!!!

The issue definitely has something to do with installing the browsers after you installed Acrobat..
If you do the repair or the re-install it should work...
Whatever is going on in the install and repair (I assume something in the registry or path settings) fixes the issue.
I bet anyone who was having this exact same problem already had Acrobat on their machine and then did a browser install.

I hope this works for you folks -- it was driving me crazy as I am sure it is doing to you if you have read all the way to this level....
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Taylerbird 6/4/09 12:38 PM
SUCCESS! I have been having the same problems as all others regarding opening .pdf's in Chrome. I've recently acquired Acrobat 9, so I un-installed Adobe Reader 8 from my system. The method that worked for me to cure the issue was going into Acrobat 9, then to Help > Repair Acrobat Installation. After I did this everything worked fine as it did before when I was only using Adobe Reader.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome edwashere 6/6/09 8:21 AM
I have not tried this but I think you can have Acrobat 8 and 9 at the same time and Professional and Reader at the same time.
The key to this whole thing is if you install a new version of Acrobat or a new Internet Browser, you may want to run REPAIR ACROBAT INSTALLATION.
It cleans up the registry and creates links to the application for Acrobat.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome emmanuelkoku 6/15/09 4:33 AM
I am using Chrome beta 2.0.172.31 with Acrobat professional 9.1 - and have been having issues with opening pdf files.  i just updated acrobat to 9.1.2, and everything works fine now.  I changed no other setting within acrobat, so others can try it and see - em
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome cubas 6/20/09 10:53 AM
Thank people! That worked for me: I had adobe writer 8 and adobe 7 reader. So, I uninstalled adobe 7 reader and, now, google chrome works perfectly with pdf.   (before doing that, only IE worked with pdf)
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome bullsbay 6/24/09 7:21 AM
This worked for me:
http://windowsfixup.com/2009/05/google-chrome-wont-display-pdf-files-fix/comment-page-1/#comment-1601

I have Acrobat Pro 9 installed. I didn't have to do anything else after applying the above fix, it just started working.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Heloise2k 6/26/09 6:49 AM
I am running Acrobat 5.0 (pro not reader).  I uninstalled Acrobat 5.0, removing all shared files, then re-installed it.  This solved the problem -- I am now able to open PDF files in Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome luminoso 6/26/09 2:17 PM
I have Acrobat 7.08 and followed Seth Jonsons advice. Strange I had checkbox 'show in Browser' ON and it did not work. After I turned this checkbox OFF it now shows PDF directly in Chrome! Problem solved, never wonder ...
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jainpj 6/30/09 6:21 AM
You just need too files; FoxitReaderOCX.ocx and npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll from [URL="http://rapidshare.com/files/250309358/FoxitReaderPluginForChrome.zip.htm"]here[/URL]. Copy both the files to plugin folders of Foxit Reader install directory and also copy npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll to the plugin folder of Google Chrome install directory. Then register FoxitReaderOCX.ocx using %system32%\regsvr32.exe (just right click the ocx file click open, browse to the %system32%\regsvr32.exe and click okay)

Now close all instance of Chrome and start Chrome again. as a test open [URL="http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/pdf/qimage2008.pdf"]this file[/URL]. This works for Chrome 2.0.160.0 and Foxit Reader 3.0, build 1817.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome druding 7/5/09 11:16 AM
I finally got it working. I have Adobe Distiller 7.1 and I had Adobe Reader 7.x. First I tried resetting the Internet options: Nope. Then I tried removing the A. Reader: Nope. I tried resetting Adobe Distiller again: Nope.
Then I tried downloading the new Adobe Reader 9.1 and installed and - YES, it works now.

Susan in No. CA
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome carlita2011 7/13/09 8:12 PM
After reading a lot of complicated answers I tried the easier one, in my opinion, and it worked wonderfully: just run Help > Repair Acrobat Installation on Adobe Acrobat. Thanks!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome donavondavispi 7/20/09 9:21 PM
I have Professional 8 and had Reader 7. Tried reseting Internet / Repairing... No love.

This worked:  
Downloaded the newest version of Reader. Set default from Acrobat Pro to Reader. Rebooted. Now works just fine.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome thierry.delbaere 7/27/09 5:05 AM
This worked just find for me !

1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Browser
2. Copy the file "nppdf32.dll"
3. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\Local Settings\Application
Data\Google\Chrome\Application
4. If the Plugins folder does not exist, create it.
5. Navigate to Plugins
6. Paste the nppdf32.dll file
7. Restart Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome eddieras 7/27/09 4:09 PM
chocobanana's rec of deleting acrobat did the trick for me!  thank you!!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome bettyboop 7/31/09 2:26 PM
For reasons that remain somewhat mysterious to me, uninstalling eFax Messenger worked for me....
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome gdemiro 8/1/09 7:38 PM
I had Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Reader installed. I uninstalled Acrobat reader and it worked.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Jpsy 8/4/09 8:04 AM
Same problem with Acrobat 9 pro and Chrome 2.
I tried many of the solutions listed here and elsewhere (which took a lot of time and did not help). Initially I got the "...cannot be used..." error msg that is shown in the first posting in this thread. After trying some of the proposed solutions I did not get that error any more but Chrome just downloaded each PDF instead of trying to display it within the browser. I tried more fixes but they all did not change the problem.

Finally I solved the mess by just uninstalling and reinstalling Acrobat.
Before trying this I had also uninstalled all older versions of Acrobat and Reader (following the tips in this forum) and deleted their residual installation paths in the C:/Programs/Adobe folder. So this might also have been an essential step.

Now Chrome 2 opens PDFs in the browser window again.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Stack_001 8/5/09 4:52 PM
Copy the nppdf32.dll file to the plugins folder.. if there is no plugins folder, make one and drop it in.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome data gourmet 8/20/09 11:30 AM
I have Acrobat 9, Distiller 9, Reader 8 and Chrome 2. I went through the Edit>Preferences>Internet procedure mentioned above. I first unchecked>ok  "Display PDF in browser" then I checked>ok the same option. Nothing happened when done in Acrobat, but doing it in Reader solved the problem.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome archiloque 8/21/09 6:58 AM
I have Acrobat 8 Pro and couldn't open PDF files with Chrome.  No problem with IE7 and Firefox.
Tried many solutions proposed in several forums.

Then found an old version Acrobat Reader 7 on  my PC and uninstalled it.
Curiously, had to re-install Acrobat 8 Pro.

After reboot, I can view PDF files automatically with Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Grizzle 8/23/09 4:05 PM
I view white papers all day on computers and Chromes inability to reliably open PDF files is a disgrace really. A multi billion dollar company that can't make a piece of software that opens PDF files is truly astonishing.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome nantom 8/23/09 4:59 PM
I had the same problem with opening PDF files in Chrome. I uninstalled my Acrobat Reader and downloaded the latest version of Acrobat Reader and everything works fine now. The newest version is Acrobat Reader 9. Hope this helps. I'm glad this worked for me because I really like Chrome!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome StevePaul 8/24/09 8:59 AM
@Grizzle

I'm like you and spend a lot of time researching and viewing white papers ...

Don't have any problems with Acrobat Reader (not that I use it now)...

However, you might want to try Foxit Reader (Free) which is my preferred PDF Reader and imo is much better than Acrobat, it's certainly a lot faster in opening pages and uses considerably less resources ...



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Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome csmit181 9/2/09 7:58 AM
Hello everyone.  I have had this problem for a while.  I have Windows XP SP3 and Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro.  I read almost every post here and several things did not work.  I finally got it to work so here are instructions.  I have listed what did and did not work.  I believe some solutions only work for certain versions of Adobe.

DID NOT WORK:

Neither of these ideas solved the problem

1. Toggling 'display pdfs in browser' in the Adobe preferences
OR
2. Copying a .dll file from Adobe into a 'Plugins' folder in local settings for Google Chrome

DID WORK:

In order to get this to work I had to do TWO steps in order

1. Find and uninstall any older versions of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader on your computer.
THEN
2. Repair the Adobe Acrobat installation. Go to ADD AND REMOVE PROGRAMS in control panel.  Choose Adobe Acrobat Pro and choose to change/remove.  When the setup menu for Adobe starts choose 'repair'.  This takes about 10-15 minutes. Restart Computer.

I tried each of these steps alone (repaired adobe before removing older versions, and then just removing older versions) and it did not work.  Steps must be done in this order
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Chochó 9/16/09 6:33 AM
Hi everyone! Taking into account all things you have mentioned in this forum, I took the different steps mentioned above, steps like:
1. Deleting Adobe Reader.
2. Changing the "preferences" of the remaining Adobe software.
3. Deleting Firefox.
But nothing happened.
Finally deleting and reinstalling Adobe Pro. and It worked wonders.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome ericfr 9/16/09 7:50 PM
see status from Adobe:
The Google Chrome web browser is currently unsupported by Adobe for integration with Adobe Acrobat (Standard, Pro, Pro Extended) and Adobe Reader version 9.0 and earlier.

Testing with the Google Chrome web browser is planned and Adobe might upgrade the support status in a future release of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405842.html
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome thephuj 9/17/09 9:54 AM
Go to Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat(version number)\Acrobat\Browser
Copy the file nppdf32.dll
If you are using Windows XP, go to C:\Documents and Settings\(username)\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\(Version Number)\. If there is not a Plugins folder there, create a new folder with the name “Plugins.” Paste nppdf32.dll into the Plugins folder. Quit and restart Google Chrome and retry PDF access.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, go to (username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\. If there is not a Plugins folder there, create a new folder with the name “Plugins.” Paste nppdf32.dll into the Plugins folder. Quit and restart Google Chrome and retry PDF access.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome nphaibk 9/17/09 1:05 PM
I did thephuj's instruction. chrome could open bookmark of the file and then an error message appeared (there was an error processing a page. There was a problem reading this document (109)).
I am using win7 and arcobat pro 7.0 updated to 7.1.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome max8404 9/21/09 7:41 AM
Hey guys,

One of these things worked for me. I followed this link, http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405461.html, and just used solution 1 to fix it. The solution is a repair of adobe, it's adobe's fault that it doesn't start up. For some reason, adobe doesn't identify and create the plugin for chrome, which is why chrome can't load the files.

Here is what you do:
1. Open Adobe
2. Click Help --> Repair Adobe installation (this will take a while, it may even seem frozen, but be patient!!!)
3. Close down chrome, close adobe, then try opening a PDF in chrome, worked flawlessly for me! Good luck!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome sainiyog 9/24/09 9:10 AM
Hey guys,
To fix the problem do the following:
 1. Click on your adobe acrobat icon (any file on your PC).
2. click edit
3. click preferences
4. click on Internet option
5. Make sure only unchecked option is " check browser setting when starting acrobat"
6. it will resolve your problem
Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Felipe G 9/27/09 3:42 AM
Hey guys,

Just uninstall the Acrobat reader 8 which comes with the computer, and install the acrobat reader 9 (also free).
This should work!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Err rrE 10/3/09 7:37 AM
I tried tons of these without it helping then simply reinstalling Acrobat fixed it.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome combee 10/6/09 10:46 AM
I'm running Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 3. My Chrome opened pdfs in browser until I installed CS4.I have just finished rebooting after clicking Help/Repair Acrobat Installation in Acrobat 9, and Chrome can now open pdfs again.

Browser happiness has been restored.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome charleyhart 10/19/09 5:59 AM
This issue happens everytime I update the Adobe Acrobat software. (I have both Acrobat and Reader loaded).  The problem is with Acrobat (not Reader). Go to Edit, Preferences, Internet, and uncheck the box "Display PDF in Browser". Wait for the Windows Install to finish and close out. By the way, if you have both loaded and you leave it checked in Adobe Reader, the system will default to Adobe Acrobat. However, if you also uncheck the box in Reader, display will default to Reader vice Acrobat. Good Luck.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Evilbear 10/19/09 12:32 PM
When I updated to 9.2, this happened to me. I use Windows XP. I uchecked "Display PDF in Browser" and it appears to be working fine.

Downloaded files have .tmp suffix.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome pault1012 10/19/09 10:16 PM
Using Vista Business SP2 and have recently installed Acrobat Pro 9.0 - clearly I'm having the same problem as everyone else however none of these workarounds are giving me much joy. I think ericfr's link to the adobe site (http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405842.html) says it all.

Must admit, I'm finding it harder and harder to stick with Chrome with these compatibility issues, which is a shame because I really like the interface but trying to do my job with it is become a pain in the proverbial...
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Mattra 10/20/09 1:58 PM
I've done everything above and still get a blank page. GOOGLE FIX THE PROBLEM PLEASE!
XP, SP3 AND ADOBE READER 9
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Zaoe 10/20/09 6:42 PM
Hello everyone,  

Shawn from Google has the answer for me and hopefully for all of you.  Shawn referenced Adobe's link to solve issues with PDF's not working on browsers.  Use this link as copied from Shawn's message:


Google Employee
3/10/09
Hey guys,

There's error documentation on Adobe's site that sounds like it applies to some of you. You may want to check out some of the solutions they list on their site.

Best,
Shawn
References:
[1]        
Adobe TechNote     http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb405461

This link will address most of the problems.   I myself used this option:

Solution 4: Configure the browser to use Acrobat or Adobe Reader as a helper application.
After you configure Acrobat or Adobe Reader as a helper application, the browser starts the helper application in a separate window and displays PDF files within that window. Acrobat and Adobe Reader both include a preference that lets you specify Acrobat or Adobe Reader as the helper application.

To configure Acrobat or Adobe Reader as a helper application:

Start Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
Choose Edit > Preferences.
Select Internet on the left.
Deselect Display PDF In Browser Using [Acrobat application], and then click OK.
Quit Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
The next time you select a link to a PDF file in the browser, a dialog box asks what you would like to do with the file. If you select Open It, the browser opens the PDF file in Acrobat or Adobe Reader (the helper application); if you select Save It To Disk, the browser saves the PDF file to your hard drive.

I did this and now it works well on Chrome.  For everyones information, my operating system is Windows XP SP3, with Adobe 9.2, Adobe Flash player 10 Active X, Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin, and Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5.  Thanks Shawn!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome shuff19 10/23/09 11:50 AM
OK I tryed a few things on this list to no avail, but I then found something that works.  It's more of a work around than a fix but here goes.  If you click on a link to open a pdf and get a white window or black window, click on the expand open or close button (this is the button between the - and the x at the top right of your browser). The other fix is to grab any edge of the browser and expand or contract it.  Both of these have worked for me.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome eddyq 10/25/09 1:49 PM
I'm having the same problem. I have Adobe reader installed. It does work with IE8. Also Chome won't work with my bank.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome eddyq 10/25/09 1:58 PM
I didn't notice the solution by Zaoe above. I did that and it now downloads OK. It works for my bank now too. It feeds into Free Download Manager too.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Steven Gielen 10/26/09 3:29 AM
I had no problems at all with Adobe Reader 9.1. With version 9.2 however, I can no longer open a PDF in Chrome (3.0). But with IE8 or FF3.5 it still works. If I change the setting that the PDF does not open in the browser window, Chrome correctly spawns an Adobe Reader window. From this I can only conclude that Chrome is not compatible with the latest version of Adobe Reader. As IE and FF doesn't seem to have problems with this version, it must be an issue with Chrome. I hope Google is working on a solution?
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome richqw 10/26/09 11:15 AM
None of these fixes worked for me.  It looks like a black mask is over the PDF.  If I resize the window, I can see some text, but just for a split second. Chrome had been my default browser, but I've pretty much stopped using it.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Toni (Googler) 10/26/09 4:25 PM
Hey everyone,

Thanks for your reports on the issue with Adobe Reader 9.2 not working correctly with Google Chrome. We have a fix for this issue, but it's not yet pushed to the Stable channel. We're looking to push the fix soon, and will update this thread after doing so.

Thanks!

Toni


Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Ashlea 10/27/09 11:34 AM
Thanks Toni for the update... having this issue confirmed saves me a lot of troubleshooting time.

For those of you that want don't want to turn off the view PDF in browser option, it sucks trying to go back to Adobe 9.1 (if you are trying to download from Adobe's site... I'm not about to trust 9.1 installers that have been rehosted on other sites).

If you go to the 9.1 download page http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/thankyou.jsp?ftpID=3970&fileID=4082 and click download now, it makes you choose your OS. If you pick Win7, 9.2 is going to be the only thing available. If you pick something else, 9.2 and 8.1.3 are options... but still no 9.1.

I tried 8.1.3... even though it tried to open it in the browser now (instead of doing nothing), the PDF was missing and I was left with a blank screen with the PDF menus.

Luckily, I still had an installer for Reader 9.0 saved on a network drive. I installed that and it worked! However, I'm still not very happy because I know that there are security vulnerbilities that were fixed in later versions, and even though I downloaded both the incremental patches for 9.1.1 and 9.1.2 from http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?platform=windows&product=10, I got an error when trying to install either of them.

I did find this download for version 9.1.3 but I don't trust it without being able to verify the correct checksum. For you more adventurous or people who are willing to try it out with something like Sandboxie, here is the link http://www.brothersoft.com/adobe-acrobat-reader-download-43143.html (NOTE: Use server 2... server 1 is just an incremental patch).

I hope this information may help some other users.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome dothedew 10/30/09 4:03 PM
http://www.9down.com/Adobe-Reader-9-1-73591/

Use this link to get Adobe 9.1. I'm using Windows 7 & Chrome and Adobe 9.2 didn't work so I installed 9.1. Viewing pdfs work now.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome abone999 10/30/09 11:29 PM
henk's reply worked for me, but there was still one issue.  Sometimes, when I click a PDF and Chrome finishes downloading the PDF, it appears to be a blank page.  But once I click the "Maximize" or "Restore" button, I can then see the contents of the PDF.  Hope this helps anyone who has had this problem too.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Petergr 11/2/09 1:27 AM
Simply changing the Acrobat Reader as the default with Foxit completely cured the problem

http://download.cnet.com/Foxit-Reader/3000-10743_4-10313206.html?part=dl-116442&subj=dl&tag=button/

Acrobat Reader now is so bloated it is giving lots of problems - particularly for me using PagePlus X3 to create pdfs
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome max jen 11/2/09 11:18 PM
Thanks everyone. I was having the same problem with AR 9.2 and chrome on Win 7. Had 9.1 on my backup disk. Uninstalled 9.2, installed back 9.1 works fine. ps: dont let the adobe update to 9.2, for the time being at least :)
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome adziuba12 11/4/09 6:23 PM
What ACTUALLY worked for me was to first uninstall all adobe programs and google chrome, then reinstall everything through Google Pack. Running windows 7.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Campos.Coder 11/6/09 12:01 PM
Why is taking over a year to fix this issue. WTF. I really don't want to use another browser but...seriously. Fix this damn problem already.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Yogibaba 11/7/09 1:04 AM
I also had problems viewing pdf files on chrome. But what I did was simply update my google chrome and now I dont have any problem with either viewing or downloading pdf files.
You can easily update your chrome by "about google chrome" option in settings.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Mattra 11/7/09 4:00 AM
Thanks Yogibaba, Your solution solved my problem. I would recommend everybody with the same problem try this:

Update your google chrome . You can easily update your chrome by "about google chrome" option in settings.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jashansen 11/8/09 2:38 PM
You can upgrade Google Chrome to the latest now & PDF's are working again.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome grafixguy123 11/10/09 12:06 PM
Not sure why Chrome has this issue, but here is a work around:
1.  Right click .pdf link and select "open in new window"
2.  Drag the tab from the new window back into the original window.

For some reason pdf's work fine if opened in entirely new instances of Chrome.
Hope this helps.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome sggr 11/15/09 9:31 PM
I went through the solution of un-checking and then checking the "display PDFs on browser" option mentioned at the beginning by Seth Johnson and the problem was that he did not mention that I had to close Chrome and open it again. After that, it worked perfectly. Hope this helps, if any of you is dealing with the same issue.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome aflat 11/16/09 12:01 AM
My scenario is similar. Building a new Win 7 64 bit machine, I loaded most current Adobe Reader (9.2) so I could read various docs while installing drivers, programs etc.

Finally with my machine complete I installed my Adobe CS3 suite which has Adobe Acrobat (8.13). All installed fine but when I started editing some websites I realized that PDF's were not opening as I expected! I tried most of the suggestions posted above but nothing gave me what I wanted, PDF's opening as they should in any browser.

I started thinking doom and gloom and why did I get 64 bit Windows etc. Then I remembered years of trying to make stupid networking things work and that the order of installation and reboots etc counts. So I did the following and now PDF's appear as they should in IE, Chrome, Firefox.
1. Uninstalled Adobe Reader, delete the temp files etc, reboot.
2. Repaired the Adobe Acrobat installation from within Acrobat (Help menu), reboot.
3. Installed Adobe Reader.
4. No check boxes selected or whatever in either of the Programs or anything else in the Browsers. Just defaults as installed and it all works.

Hope this helps someone else.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome mcenzie 11/19/09 5:31 AM
I fix my problem. Goodby google chrome. :-)
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Toni (Googler) 11/23/09 6:24 PM
Hey guys,

Over time, several different issues have been posted here with not being able to view PDFs in Google Chrome. I want to note that although the symptoms are similar, the root cause of your problem may be different.

First, the issue with only being able to view PDFs after resizing the Google Chrome window occurred recently with Adobe Reader 9.2 and was fixed in the latest version of Google Chrome. If you have this problem, update your Google Chrome as Yogibaba mentioned (thanks Yogibaba!) by clicking on your Tools menu --> About Google Chrome.

If that wasn't your issue and the different suggestions/workarounds listed in this thread didn't resolve your issue, please start a new thread so that we can start a fresh investigation and avoid confusion.

Thanks!

Toni

Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Toni (Googler) 3/4/10 6:19 PM
Hi everyone, 

As mentioned, it's been pretty difficult to uncover what the root causes of this issue are due to different user configurations, etc. In an attempt to track these issues down, we've directing everyone to a new post we've created that has a checklist of solutions to try and aims at obtaining more information from you to help us troubleshoot. 

Please check out the link in the below reference and post your findings (whether or not it was successful) to help us help you.

Thanks!

Toni
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Evance 6/23/10 2:14 PM
Hi everyone,

As we understand that a lot of you are having trouble viewing PDF files in Google Chrome, we've been working hard on an integrated PDF viewing experience, and have already made it available on the Developer channel for Windows and Mac. Please be patient before this feature makes it to the Stable channel. Check out the Chromium Blog entry below to learn more.

Meanwhile, if you absolutely have to get your hands on this new feature, you can opt for the Developer channel here:


Please note, however, that the Developer channel is meant for testing purposes only, and is not as stable or polished as the Stable channel. Once on the Developer channel of Google Chrome, you can type chrome://plugins into your Omnibar, then click Enable under Chrome PDF Viewer.

Cheers,

Evance
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Khehla 7/11/10 12:24 AM
To summarize the problem and the fix (which works!) when using Google Chrome as a web browser and if you have Adobe Acrobat 9 installed as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

When downloading longer PDF files into the browser you may not be able to see all pages because of "insufficient data" error messages.

The problem is an incompatibility between Chrome and Acrobat 9 (it may also apply to earlier versions of Acrobat). This is being sorted out by the Chrome developers.

In the meantime you can sort out the problem by opening Acrobat and disabling the display PDF in browser setting as follows.

Edit
Preferences
Internet
uncheck "Display PDF in Browser"
OK

then close Acrobat

The downloaded files will open cleanly in an Acrobat window separate to Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jt3498734 7/19/10 9:01 PM
It's just pathetic that Chrome still haven't worked out how to open pdf files. I just get a blank pop up box in Acrobat and when I click OK the whole thing closes. Utterly pathetic.

IF you'd just give us control over what happens when you download a pdf file life would be MUCH easier. I could then just save it and double click it from the download bar. But no, you won't give us that control? Why not?

I have utter contempt for whichever of your team decided that Chrome wouldn't work with pdf files. It just makes me sick.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome garymillr60 7/28/10 8:13 AM
Hard to believe Google did not include this feature in the general release. Adobe is the world's standard reader. I guess i go back to slow Internet Explorer....
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome pjcamp 7/28/10 8:26 AM
I do not understand not allowing me to CHOOSE the application that I want to have handle pdfs. No, I don't want the developer version, and no, I don't want an integrated viewing experience. Why do you insist on reinventing the wheel? There are literally dozens of good pdf viewers already out there, none of which can be used with Chrome.

This alone is reason for me to discard your browser. It may load up faster than Firefox but its functionality is seriously impaired.

Seriously, guys, you're starting to resemble Apple with all this not-invented-here nonsense.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome bertrandchui 7/31/10 3:12 AM
Edit > Preferences > Internet >
Uncheck "Allow fast web view" and "Allow speculative downloading in the background".
it works for me, at least!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome biblio1 8/1/10 4:23 PM
I just went into Adobe preferences and deselected open in browser so the pdf opens externally from chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jt3498734 8/4/10 5:45 AM
Chrome doesn't work with Acrobat Pro 9. IT is easy to isolate the plugin. Bascially google are refusing to fix it, even though they've known about this for years. Changing settings doesn't work for me. I'll have to upgrade acrobat before this will work.

If they just let me decide what happens to files with the .pdf extension life would be so much easier. Pathetic effort from google
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jimiguana 8/4/10 12:11 PM
If you're using the latest Acrobat Reader 9, simply go to EDIT, PREFERENCES, INTERNET, unclick the fast view option.
That's all there is to it.  Should have no problems after that.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jt3498734 8/4/10 1:03 PM
Wrong wrong wrong. I'm not a complete fool. I tried that, it still doesn't work. The file loads, then a blank error box appears which you have to click on because it steals focus, and once you click OK the whole thing disappears.

Changing the internet setting does nothing. Chrome is simply incompatible with my version of Acrobat Pro.

Just give us control of where pdfs go. The only option for me is to watch the temp folder, and change the latest werkjgf87rwe.tmp into werkjgf87rwe.pdf. Then I can open it.

Why must google force me to use such an unfriendly way to open pdf? IT's pathetic how they close their ears, I really resent them for their inability to even attempt to fix the pdf problems
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome cthoops1999 8/5/10 7:35 AM
Seth Johnson is THE MAN!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Eric Houg 8/10/10 3:09 PM
Are you F-ing Kidding me? Guess it's back to Firefox.

Lemme know when you fix it Google.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome YosephTheGod 8/11/10 1:01 PM
I had the same problem, all I did to fix it, was to;

 uninstall and reinstall Adobe and it worked perfectly after that.

CAKE!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Frances Thompson 8/18/10 11:32 AM
I purchased Acrobat 9 Pro recently and suddenly could not open PDFs in Chrome. After reading a lot of these, I uninstalled my existing Reader (8), opened the preferences in Acrobat and unchecked the aforementioned box, closed Acrobat, reopened and checked the box again. Then I downloaded Reader 9, restarted my computer and can now view PDFs in Chrome. Was inconvenient but nothing to rant about.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome stu92 9/7/10 4:57 AM
okay so just wondering if there was a way to choose the way that Chrome views a PDF file. For example, with firefox  i had the same error when viewing PDF's online, but i simply changed the settings so that it would save the file rather than view online... is this possible with chrome?
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Polisie87 9/8/10 3:09 AM
I found a way to fix the pdf viewing problem.

Click on your wrench, go to about google chrome and do a update.
after wards do the following-
Follow these steps:
For win xp users:

1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Browser
2. Copy the file "nppdf32.dll"
3. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins       (if there is no folder create one with the name "Plugins"
4. Paste the nppdf32.dll file
5. Restart Chrome.

BUT
If you are using vista/win7 do this:

1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Browser
2. Copy the file "nppdf32.dll"
3. Navigate toC:\Users\(user name)\appdata\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins
(if there is no folder create one with the name "Plugins"
4. Paste the nppdf32.dll file
5. Restart Chrome.

In your google chrome adres bar, type in  "about:plugins"
There you will see options to enable or disable plug ins, the pdf option should be the very first option.

hope this helps.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome DigitaLink 9/8/10 12:23 PM
Yep, Polisie87 has it!  My XP install had slightly different folders though.  There was one for the old 5.x.x.x install, and one for the 6.x.x.x installation.  And I had to create a Plugins folder as well.  But now my PDFs open in Chrome!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Felipe Alvarez 9/11/10 11:15 PM
I hate adobe reader, and I don't use it. I use another reader. This plugin was ENABLED by DEFAULT. I disabled it using "chrome://plugins" and I was able to download, then manually open the PDF. --felipe1982
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Weltaz 9/12/10 5:29 AM
Hello !

HERE IS THE SOLUTION !

to open PDFs on the internet WITH google CHROME

install in one click :
the extension called :  gPDF

Official links on this :
https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/egljjohbmnnpicoiddaapkpejfpnmmpe/

Thanks google, i love chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome FoxholeA 9/14/10 10:24 AM
Weltaz has the solution. After trying all the other advice and extensions I found on the net the gPDF did the trick. To be honest, it is the best PDF reading solution I've seen so Chrome is back in my good books (so to speak). gPDF is super fast and lets you save and print just like any other pdf etc...

Great Job!

https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/egljjohbmnnpicoiddaapkpejfpnmmpe
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome aschaffer89 9/22/10 12:16 PM
Simple fix for not having to change over to IE or Firefox to download a pdf:

1) In Chrome, type "chrome://plugins" in the omnibar

2) Disable all PDF type plug-ins (Adobe Acrobat, Chrome PDF Viewer, etc...)

3) Test any PDF you may have had problems with in the past.

Right-clicking a link to a PDF now has it's restored functionality to "Save Target As"

Aaron
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome jjs572003 10/4/10 6:43 PM
whenever i open a pdf in chrome it just has a blank screen.. any recommendations?
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome TJLee 10/10/10 5:53 PM
A different take on the Chrome PDF Viewer problem using Windows XP and Vista. I recently was unable to view a monthly (pdf) bank statement. The problem was the Chrome PDF Viewer plug-in. After I disabled the plug-in I was able to view the pdf file normally (Adobe Reader is installed). It is not a simple task to find the controls for plug-ins: (wrench icon), options, content settings, plug-ins, disable individual plug-ins.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome baddbonz 10/20/10 9:29 AM
Hi all.  I had this problem as well, and several of the methods mentioned seemed like a lot of work just to fix this.  Some earlier situations mentioned didn't apply to me.  I have the full Acrobat and not just Reader, and am running XP Pro.

Polisie87 above had it pretty much for me, but I would try this first before continuing with Polisie's instructions.......in the address bar type in   about:plugins   and a list of the Chrome plugins will appear.  I had a Chrome PDF viewer plugin that wasn't enabled.  It had worked before, so I am assuming that an update had disabled it?  Anyway, just click Enable, and then voila, it works!  If this doesn't work for you, then proceed with Polisie's instructions above.

Good luck!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome thunderman2010 10/21/10 6:20 AM
I concur with baddbonz; I run chrome on a windows 7 home machine; every time opening a pdf would call adobe, forcing it to pop up a box with OK. After clicking ok, F5 would reload a pdf file without problem....
So I tried the about:plugins. Set the internal pdf readr to on, the adobe reader to off...And no problems any more!

Thunderman is happy!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome copperoak 10/25/10 8:01 AM
GOOGLE: FIX THIS!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome AlexZeddy 10/25/10 1:58 PM
Google needs to fix this, Chrome is great but without the ability to read pdf documents reliably I can't use it.  A good proportion of my work involves opening and reading pdf documents online. The the Developer channel is unstable.  I have no option but to use Fire Fox or IE.... girrrrr.... which is annoying because I much prefer Chrome.  I consider being able to read pdf documents online to be one of the most important features of a good browser.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome vsnaturally 10/29/10 5:39 PM
I had the same problem. A programmer friend directed me to open Chrome and go to this URL: chrome://plugins/
- if you see the Chrome PDF Viewer listed there, click the Enable option. It now lets me vie PDF files directly in Chrome.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome mercury12 10/30/10 5:15 AM
i wrote
chrome://plugins/
to address bar.
then,
disabled foxit pdf plugin
disabled chrome pdf plugin
enabled adobe pdf plugin.
it worked!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Global Copy 11/5/10 5:06 AM
The problem seems to be, that if you have installed Google Chrome AFTER you have installed ANY VERSION of Adobe Acrobat, Google Chrome does not use the plugin, just reinstall or Download the new version of Adobe Reader or Pro and it will work beautiful, it seems Adobe has to assign the plugin to Chrome and since you have installed Chrome AFTER Adobe, Adobe needs to put the plugin in for you. This will 100% Work
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Blair (Googler) 11/8/10 4:21 PM
Hey everybody,

There's now a built-in PDF viewer in the Beta version of Google Chrome. This means you can view PDFs right in the browser, without an additional plug-in.

This is only on Beta now, but it will work its way to Stable.

You can read more in our blogpost from the link below.

Cheers,
Blair
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome MySchizoBuddy 11/9/10 12:58 PM
When you right click and try to save it. it downloads a corrupt file. you have to download twice for it to download a working pdf file
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome k.grover123 11/19/10 7:27 PM
One easy step to try:

Go to chrome://plugins
enable Chrome PDF Viewer.
Hope this helps :)
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome gd.techie 11/19/10 7:29 PM
and k.grover? i just told you that 10 seconds ago :D
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome AJVSpur 12/7/10 1:43 PM
Polisie87 - Legend!
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome klassykat 12/7/10 3:06 PM
Mine used to work and then didn't. To fix it,  I did the following:

1) I went to chrome://plugins/
2) disabled  Chrome PDF Viewer

The Chrome viewer must have a bug of some sort. Since it is supposed to be working, it blocks other PDF viewers. By disabling the Chrome viewer, I unblocked my default PDF viewer.  Everything works just fine now.
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Blair (Googler) 12/15/10 4:54 PM
Hey everybody,

Unlike most browsers, Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer. You can learn more about it in the help article and blog post in my references.

If you're having trouble viewing PDFs or aren't crazy about the Chrome PDF viewer, you can disable it and revert to Adobe Reader to view PDFs. Simply type "about:plugins" into the address bar, find the "Chrome PDF Viewer," and click "Disable."

Some issues people have raised include being able to print and save in-frame PDFs using the Chrome PDF viewer. We've prioritized fixes for these issues for our next release.

Since this thread has gotten very long and was started long before we introduced the Chrome PDF viewer, I'm going to close it and ask you to start new threads for more specific issues. That will make it easier for us to help you out and recognize what we need to fix.

Thanks for all your feedback,
Blair
Re: Can't view PDF files in Chrome Blair (Googler) 3/29/11 8:31 AM
Hey everybody,

Unlike most browsers, Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer. You can learn more about it in the help article and blog post in my references.

You can now print and save all PDFs by right-clicking on the PDF and selecting "Print" or "Save as." This is especially helpful for PDFs embedded in frames onto another webpage.

You can usually print and save PDFs by going to Wrench > Print or Wrench > Save page as, however if you have any difficulty (saved files are corrupt, only portions of your page get printed) try right-clicking on the PDF and taking action from there.

To disable the Chrome PDF viewer and revert to Adobe Reader, follow vasa1's steps:

1. Type "about:plugins" in the address bar (without the quotes)
2. Hit enter
3. Click on details (near the top right)
4. Disable "Chrome PDF Viewer" and enable the Adobe one

Since this thread has gotten very long and was started long before we introduced the Chrome PDF viewer, I'm going to close it and ask you to start new threads for more specific issues. That will make it easier for us to help you out and recognize what we need to fix.

Thanks,
Blair
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