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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 🙂

Software Annoyances

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Arrrgh!  Who at Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to make it impossible to view 2 presentations side-by-side in Powerpoint?

OK, I say impossible – they’ve apparently fixed the problem in the latest version, and there’s an horrendous kludge which means it can sort-of be done in Powerpoint 2007 (see below), but multi-screen displays have been commonplace for years now!

To workaround Powerpoint’s irritating window arrangement, follow these steps:

  • Open the 2 documents you’d like to view side-by-side
  • Click the top-left blob
  • Press the ‘Powerpoint Options’ button
  • Select ‘Advanced’
  • Untick “Show all window in the Taskbar”
  • Press the ‘OK’ button.  Your presentations will be contained within more manageable ‘child’ windows.
  • Irritatingly you can’t drag these out of the ‘parent’ Powerpoint window.  However, you can extend the window to fit your entire workspace, even across multiple monitors (if you’ve set your displays up to span)

What are your biggest software annoyances?   Let us know – we may know a workaround.