You can set the auto-open preferences for PDF files by clicking on the download status button in the downloads bar. When you have a downloaded PDF sitting there, click on the arrow and unselect “Always Open Files of This Type” in the pop-up menu.
You can also reset all the user preferences for auto-open by following the directions below from Chrome’s help site at http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95759
If you want certain types of files to always open after they’re done
downloading, click the arrow next to the file button in the downloads
bar and select Always open files of this type. To prevent potentially
malicious files from automatically downloading to your computer, this
option isn’t available for executable filetypes, such as those with
.exe, .dll, or .bat extensions (for Windows), and .dmg extensions (for
You can clear auto-opening settings through the Settings dialog.
Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar. Select Settings. Click
the Under the Hood tab. In the “Downloads” section, click Clear
auto-opening settings. This clears your settings for all file types.
Click Close when you’re done, if you’re using Windows or Linux.
Here is what I have done and it worked for me. Apparently this is not an OS issue, it is rather a browser issue.
If you are using Google Chrome, go to settings, then go to the very bottom of the page and click on “Show Advanced Settings” then under ‘DOWNLOADS’ uncheck the part that says you have opted to open some files by default.
If you are using Safari, open Safari preferences and on the general tab, uncheck “automatically open safe files” since Safari has this as a default option and unfortunately, pics that open are considered safe files.
On Mac, the above answers were not enough for me unfortunately to stop auto-opening of PDFs in Preview by Chrome.
The answer was to manually edit the preferences files for Chrome.
First, quit all running instances of Chrome.
Then, run this in your Terminal:
# Go to Chrome directory: cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome # List files that have any open_pdf settings: grep -rl open_pdf .
Preferences file listed in your text editor (this will be 1 or more
Preferences files depending on the number of User Profiles you have set up in Chrome), and find all the
open_pdf_in_system_reader preferences. Change them so they are
Next, save changes and close the
Finally, open Chrome and see if this has helped. PDF downloads should not be auto-opened any longer.
This is a known issue that was recently fixed. Eventually you will get an update that includes the fix.