If you press a PDF link in most browsers, the browser in the web browser window opens the PDF preview. You need to change a setting in your browser to download a PDF and not open it. It’s Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.


Google Chrome uses the integrated PDF viewer for previewing PDFs.
This PDP viewer can be turned off, and then Chrome prompts you to save your PDFs instead of previewing them.

Start with Google Chrome launched on your device.

As Chrome starts, in the top right corner of your browser, press the Chrome menu (three dots), then pick ‘Settings.’

In Chrome settings, click “Privacy and security” in the left sidebar. Click “Site Settings” on the right.

Site settings option in Chrome

Scroll down in Site Settings and click “Additional content settings” at the very bottom.

Additional content settings option in Chrome

In the expanded menu, select “PDF documents.”

PDF documents option in Chrome

Toggle on the “Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome” option.

Download PDF option in Chrome

For Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox also has an integrated feature to allow you to import PDFs in this window rather than preview them.

Start Firefox on your machine to get to this alternative.

Click “Options” in the upper right-hand corner of the Firefox menu (three horizontal lines).

Options option in Firefox

In Options, click “General” on the left. Scroll down the right pane until you see the “Applications” section.

In the Applications section, click the option next to “Portable Document Format (PDF)” and choose “Save File.”

Save File option for PDFs in Firefox

That’s it!

For Microsoft Edge

In order to preview files, Microsoft Edge uses a built-in PDF viewer.
Turn off this feature, and instead of previewing, the browser is saving your PDFs.

To do that, launch Microsoft Edge on your computer.

When Edge opens, click the menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of the window and select “Settings.”

Settings option in Edge

In Settings, click “Cookies and site permissions” on the left, and then select “PDF documents” on the right.

PDF documents option in Edge

Turn on the “Always download PDF files” option here.

Download PDF option in Edge

You’re all set. Have Fun!!!