Currently most of the most popular and modern browsers are able to open any PDF file so you can view the document directly from it. And yet, it is very likely that, like lots of people in the world, you have some third-party software installed on your computer just for that purpose.
The most common suspect is Adobe Reader, but when you find out about things like simply using your PDF reader you end up with unwanted Chrome extensions that collect your browsing data, you may start thinking about an alternative. If you prefer not to download any other special program, we tell you how to simply use your web browser for that task.
When you open a PDF file while browsing the web you do not have to worry about this, as the browser simply shows it in a tab. But, when it comes to PDF files on your disk or other devices, by default Windows usually asks for a specialized program and there you end up with Adobe Reader or similar.
If you want all your PDF files to open with Google Chrome, or Firefox, or Microsoft Edge, or the browser of your choice, you can activate a couple of very simple settings to choose the default application that will always read your PDFs.
To open with
Find a PDF file on your computer and right click on it. Select the option "Open with" and in the following drop-down menu click on "Choose another application".
In the screenshot above you can see that my PDF files have a Microsoft Edge icon, and that browser is already in the list of applications available to open PDFs, because at that time it was already my default program.
Browse the list of options and if the web browser you want to use does not appear there, scroll to the end and then select "More applications". If it still does not appear, go down and select "Search for another application on your computer". If you want to open all your PDFs with Chrome, surely this will be the way you will have to go.
Search Another Application
Now navigate to the path of your computer where the browser you want to use is installed. In the case of Chrome, the .exe file is located in C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Google \ Chrome \ Application. Select the executable and then click on "Open".
Open With Google Chrome
Finally, make sure to check the box "Always use this application to open the .pdf files" so you only have to double click on a PDF from now on to open with the browser. The process is exactly the same always, the only thing that changes is the browser that you choose.
Use Chrome Always
Of course, browsers such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, etc. they are only able to read PDF files, you can not do any type of editing. For that if you need a specialized tool. Adobe Reader also does not let you edit anything, it only serves to see, the PDF editor is a payment program.