Use Google Chrome as default PDF Reader in Windows Vista

Starting with version 6, Google Chrome offers in-built PDF reading support. Which means you can read PDF documents inside it without installing any third party PDF reader (like Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader). So why not use Google Chrome as a default PDF reader for all the PDF files on your computer ? Here is how :

Before you can read PDF files in Google Chrome, you will have to enable PDF plugin inside Google Chrome. To enable PDF plugin inside Google Chrome, follow the instructions in the article : how to enable PDF plugin inside Google Chrome.

  1. Open Control Panel by clicking on its shortcut in Start Menu.
  2. In the Control Panel, open Programs → Default Programs → Associate a file type or protocol with a program

  3. Select .PDF from the list of extensions and then click on Change Program button as shown,

  4. In the Open with window, click on the Browse button as shown,

  5. Type %localappdata%GoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe and click Open. Now you would be able to see Chrome in the Open with window. Select it and click OK.

  6. That’s it. Now you can close the Associate a file type or protocol with a program window by clicking on the Close button.
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