Sunday, January 03, 2021

Better PDF Viewer in Google Chrome

Viewing PDFs has been a source of vulnerabilities for years, particularly with Adobe's own Acrobat Reader. I don't even want to link to that one.

I've just been using the native PDF viewer in Google's Chrome. My requirements aren't very high. I just want to see the PDF and print it as needed.

Chrome is rolling out a new, more powerful PDF viewer. The update introduces a table of contents, a two-page view option, quick jump support, and more.

To enable the new PDF viewer, follow these steps:
  1. Load chrome://flags/#pdf-viewer-update
  2. Set the PDF Viewer Update flag to Enabled.
  3. Restart Google Chrome.

Here's what you'll see in the new PDF viewer:

Clicking on the hamburger menu at the top left will cause the table of contents column to collapse.

It's still not as nice as Firefox's or Edge's but it's better than it was.

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