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Opening PDFs in Google Chrome

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Google Chrome is fast becoming my browser of choice, but it has a few annoyances which stops me completely dumping the once-excellent but now bloated Firefox.

One of these has been how Chrome handles links to PDFs.  Upon clicking them, the browser displays the PDF in its own  reader.  Whilst this is quick, the in-built reader is feature limited and doesn’t behave in the way I have come to expect a PDF reader to.

You can force Chrome to open PDFs in your default PDF reader (typically Adobe Reader) by following these steps:

  • Click the spanner button and select ‘Options’
  • Go ‘Under the hood’ or ‘Under the bonnet’
  • Select ‘Content Settings’
  • In the ‘Plug-ins’ section, click the ‘Disable individual plug-ins…’ link
  • Look for ‘Chrome PDF Viewer’ in the  list, and ‘Disable’ it.

Next time you click a link to a PDF, it will download the file so you can view it as you would normally 🙂

Search is free

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

War is Peace.  Freedom is Slavery.  Search is free.

google-privacyEarlier in the week I went to see a stage production of 1984, Orwell’s dystopic tale of a near-future totalitarian nightmare.  Performed at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, this adaption by Oldham-born actor, director and playwright Matthew Dunster was suitably bleak and disturbing (and highly recommended).

Thankfully, Orwell’s 1984 didn’t transpire.  We live in a progressive and open society, with the Internet at the forefront of our enlightened world.  Or do we?


Have you Cleared your Cache?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

IT technicians watching Channel 4’s The IT Crowd will nod sagely when the support staff in the basement of Reynholm Industries ask their IT-challenged colleagues: “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”.

This now well-known advice has been an in-joke of IT technicians for many years.  Despite this, it does genuinely solve many problems, and it’s often one of the first diagnostic steps carried out when problems arise.

The Web equivalent of this is “Have you cleared your cache?”.  Just as a computer system can occasionally fall over if not restarted on a semi-regular basis, browsers can sometimes  show a Web page incorrectly if they don’t download the very latest version of a file.