Display PDF documents with Adobe Reader

To display images (PDF) in Adobe Reader instead of displaying them within a web browser, you need to check the following program/browser settings:

Set Adobe Reader as your default program to open PDF files:

  1. Click on Windows Start button and select the settings icon
  2. Click on Apps and then click on "Default apps" on the left panel
  3. Scroll down on the right panel and click on the link "Choose default apps by file type"
  4. Scroll down to find ".PDF"
  5. If the ".PDF" associated program is not Adobe Reader, click on the current program and change it to use Adobe Reader, like "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC"
  6. Close Settings window.


  1. Click on the three dots at the upper-right corner
  2. Select "Settings"
  3. Scroll down on the left panel and find "Cookies and site permissions"
  4. Scrool down on the right panel,  find "PDF documents" and click on it.
  5. Turn on the "Always download PDF files" swich. 
  6. The first time you try a PDF link on a web page, you will see the PDF file being downloaded and waiting for you to open. You want to click on the three dots and select "Always open in Adobe Reader" option while open it. So the next time a PDF link you clicked will be opened automatically.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Click Manage add-ons under the Tools menu
  2. Click and select "All add-ons" option under the Show dropdown list
  3. Find the Adobe PDF Reader and disable it
  4. Click Close.


  1. Click Options under the Tools menu
  2. Click on the Applications icon
  3. Scrolling down to find "Portable Document Format (PDF)" for the content type
  4. Change the “Preview in Firefox” or "Save File" to “Use Adobe Reader ...” from the Action dropdown list
  5. Click OK or simplely exit. The setting will be saved. 


If the Adobe Acrobat extension has not been installed, installed the extension with following steps:

  1. In Chrome, go to the “Menu” icon(the three dots icon at the upper-right corner), then choose “More tools” and then select “Extensions”.
  2. If the Adobe Acrobat extension is not listed under the extensions, click the “Get more extensions” link at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Now under the “chrome web store” on the upper-left, type “adobe” in the search the store box and hit enter, you will see the Adobe Acrobat showing at the top of the search results.
  4. Click the “ADD TO CHROME” blue button next to the Adobe Acrobat, and then follow the screen to finish adding the extension. When done, exit to restart the Chrome browser.

If you would like to open a PDF in Adobe Reader, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that Adobe Reader is installed on the computer.
  2. In Chrome, go to the “Menu” icon, then choose “Settings“.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select “Advanced“.
  4. In the “Privacy and Security” section, select “Content settings“.
  5. Scroll down and select “PDF documents“, then switch it to “On“.

Now, PDF files will be downloaded in Chrome just like download any other file. At the lower-left corner, Click the drop-down arrow next to the download file and select the “Always open files of this type” option. In future, you will be able to open the image(PDF) in Adobe Reader. You can also use Adobe Acrobat Pro to open a PDF if you have it installed in your system.