How to open PDF links in Adobe Reader in Chrome?

Vadim Rapp
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Is there a way to configure Chrome to open PDF links in the installed Adobe Reader DC - rather than opening them in the built-in viewer (which is not as capable) or downloading them (which is not as convenient)?
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Ugra Narayan PandeyCloud Security Expert

Commented:
Hi, You need to perform below mention steps:

1. Open Chrome browser

2. At the top right, click on Three Dots and then Settings
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3. At the bottom, click Advanced
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4. Under "Privacy and security," click Site settings
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5. Near the bottom, click PDF documents
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6. Turn off Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome.
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Chrome will now open PDFs automatically when you click them.
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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PDFs must be downloaded first to open in your local PDF viewer, however, that can be automated as indicated by Ugra Narayan Pandey above.
You both have suggested how to do what in my question followed "rather than" - the first part by Ugra , second by Andrew.

I also asked this question at Adobe forum, and here's the answer:
https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-reader/how-to-view-pdf-in-chrome-using-adobe-reader/m-p/10739094#M60413
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"no longer possible" (the link in the previous comment)
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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"no longer possible" (the link in the previous comment)

Did you try configuring chrome per Ugra's example Vadim? I don't believe the single response you got from the Adobe community is either accurate or true. It appears to have been answered by a user, not an expert in either Chrome or Adobe readers.
Ugra posted instructions on how to "automatically opening them in Chrome". This is what in my question was "opening them in the built-in viewer (which is not as capable)". "opening them in Chrome" means viewing them in Chrome's built-in HTML5 viewer, which has far less features than AR; for instance, it does not support fillable PDF forms.

In the past, Adobe had an add-on for Chrome that did what I asked, i.e. the document was opening in browser window, but in a container that was an actual Adobe Reader, with all AR features. However, that add-on was based on Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI), which was discontinued. More details are at https://helpx.adobe.com/aem-forms/kb/discontinuation-of-npapi-plugins-impact-on-aem-forms.html , so the only alternative today is to download PDF file and then open it in Reader from the folder.
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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Hi Vadim,

so the only alternative today is to download PDF file and then open it in Reader from the folder.

Isn't that exactly what I said in my reply?
PDF always could be downloaded and "opened in local pdf viewer", and apparently I was aware of that possibility. The question was whether it's possible to open it in browser window, by some add-on. Adobe literature has several conflicting instructions mentioning their add-on, one including an obscure setting in chrome://flags . The correct answer was "no, it's not possible", and as you could see from my previous comment, there was one person who answered exactly that - but it was not you, and not on E-E.

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