The Easiest Way To Open PDF (and other) Files Using Google Chrome!!!

I open all my PDF files on Chrome these days. It is so easy and simple and saves few mouse clicks and the time Adobe Reader takes to open up. So, this already saves me some time. In fact, I prefer to use Chrome to open all supported files.

We have discussed dragging files to the tab bar to open them, and this was considered to be the easiest way to open them. I was wrong. I found another one that makes it a little more faster. (Learn about a lot of other things you can do with drag and drop here)

Open a file on Chrome without opening Chrome first! Yep!!!

Just drag the file in to Chrome Icon on your desktop. Chrome will open up and show that file on a tab. If you already have Chrome open, it will show it in a new tab.

Awesome isn’t it? I have created a video as well to show this to you. Try this out today and let me know how it goes. And yes, please share this video with your friends if you liked it!!!

ps: This will work with any file that Chrome can open, say image files, html files etc. 

In Category: Google Chrome


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Bren 23/09/2011, 6:36 pm


    What is the name of the that is being used in the video?

    • Dinu 23/09/2011, 6:39 pm

      sorry, name of what?

      • Guest 23/09/2011, 9:25 pm

        I think the name of the song.

      • Guest 23/09/2011, 9:26 pm

        Or the wallpaper

  • Shane 23/09/2011, 11:40 pm

    For some reason when I open up a PDF file in Chrome and want to print it, the print is super tiny and unreadable, so I’ve been using Foxit Reader to print my PDF’s.

    Is this fixable or am I missing something?

    • Dinu 24/09/2011, 1:11 am

      are you getting an option to customize the size of the font before priting?

      • Shane 24/09/2011, 2:31 am

        I think I misspoke. When I print non-PDF documents in Google Chrome, the print is very tiny and unreadable. I see the lower right-hand corner that allows you to increase the font of the page when you’re READING, but when printing, it still comes out tiny. I don’t see an option to increase the font for printing.

        Often if I have a letter or document in Google Docs that needs printed, I download it as a PDF file to my desktop and I drag it back into Chrome to print it or I use Foxit Reader to open the PDF and print it that way.

        So, yeah, you’re right that PDF files opened in Chrome works just fine. My problem is with non-PDF files. Sorry for the confusion : )

  • earls 24/09/2011, 9:26 am

    I too use Chrome as my default PDF reader, but I went the extra step and made it the default open with program.

    Right click on the PDF, select “Open with…” and then browse to and select “C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”

    All set. Instead of dragging and dropping, you can just double click the PDFs.

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