How to Allow or Disallow Google Chrome from Opening PDF Files Externally on Windows 11 or 10?

All modern browsers have built-in support for opening PDF files. One of the contemporary browsers, Google Chrome, also has that feature. However, if you don’t need to open a PDF file by Google Chrome or the default browser, then open PDF files using Chrome, but it is not happening; in such case, this risewindows article will guide you.

You can authorize or stop Google Chrome from opening PDF files externally on Windows 11 or 10 by changing the Registry. That means you can bypass Google Chrome and open PDF files using third-party programs or vice-versa.

How to Allow or Block Google Chrome from Opening PDF Files Externally?

The following steps are used to allow or block Google Chrome from opening PDF files externally using Registry Editor:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Browse to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies


Step 3. Right-click on the Policies folder to select New > Key.

Step 4. Name the newly created key as Google.

Step 5. Right-click on the Google folder in the left sidebar and pick New > Key.

Step 6. Name this newly created key Chrome.

Step 7. Right-click on the Chrome folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 8. Rename the newly created REG_DWORD as AlwaysOpenPdfExternally.

Step 9. Double-click on the AlwaysOpenPdfExternally REG_DWORD, then set its “Value data” as follows:-

  • 0: Block PDF opening in Chrome Browser.
  • 1: Allow PDF opening in Chrome Browser.

Step 10. Pick OK.

Step 11. After that, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

If you complete the above steps, you can open PDF files in Google Chrome or a third-party application in Windows 11 or 10.

That’s it.

Keep improving your skill through learning.

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