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How Do I Stop My PDF's From Opening In A New Tab


  • Google Chrome, Firefox, Mircosoft Edge opening PDF's In A Tab, Change To Opening In Adobe
  • New Tab Opening Up When Downloading PDF's In Google Chrome
  • How Do I Switch Where My PDF's Are Being Opened/ Downloaded


  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer

Additional Information:

  • This procedure can also be used to have your PDF's open in your Web Browser instead of being downloaded.
  • If you are on Windows, your default application to open PDFs may be incorrectly set to a web browser. This means that even if your browser is set up to download the PDF initially, it will still open in a browser tab. To resolve this, see here (external site).


Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the Menu icon in the top-right corner of the Window (it will be the button that looks like three vertical dots).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings window and click Advanced.
  5. In the Privacy and security section, click Site Settings.
  6. Scroll down and click the PDF documents option.
  7. Change the "Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome" option from the off position (grey) to the on position (blue).
  8. Close the Settings tab and restart your computer.


  1. Open Firefox
  2. Click the menu button and select Options.
  3. Within the Options window, click Applications
  4. Under the Content Type column, select the Portable Document Format (PDF) option.
  5. In the Action column, click the down arrow on the right-hand side of the box.
  6. In the drop-down menu that appears, select your new default PDF reading program.

Microsoft Edge

  1. Press the Windows Key on your keyboard, type Default Apps, and then press Enter.
  2. In the Settings window, in the section to the right, scroll down click Choose default apps by file type.
  3. Scroll down until you see the entry for the .pdf file extension on the left hand side, and then click the box to the right of it.
  4. In the menu that appears, select the program you want to use to view PDFs.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click the Internet Explorer Tools button and select Manage add-ons.
  3. Under the Toolbars and Extensions option, click on the Show drop-down list and select Run without permissions.
  4. In the displayed list of add-ons and extensions, find Adobe PDF Reader/default PDF reading program.
  5. Select the extension and click the Disable button in the bottom right of the Manage Add-ons window.
  6. Next time you download and open a PDF file, your default program will be used instead of Internet Explorer.


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