Usually when I option-click a single page link, Chrome tries to download the page, but when I option-click on PDFs, Chrome doesn't respond. Is this the default behavior and is there some way to change this? Also do other browsers allow for this type of one-click download? (I know if I turn off in-browser PDF reading that all PDFs would be downloaded, but I don't want that as the default action.)

  • Let me get that. I just tried in Chrome the Option > Click on a PDF file and it comes up with save as pop up offering to save it as ??
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jul 2, 2013 at 18:56
  • @Buscar웃: I tried that on several sites, including JSTOR, and it does nothing. Is it because I have Chrome PDF Viewer as well? Why would that disable the option-click?
    – Wolf
    Commented Jul 2, 2013 at 21:23
  • This problem no longer exists as of today's current beta.
    – bot47
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 12:28

1 Answer 1


Go to Chrome settings > Advanced

Click on privacy settings > Content

Scroll down to Plug ins

Click on

Disable Individual plug-ins

Disable the

Chrome PDF Viewer

That will unfortunately disable it for all PDF preview.

But the good news is

now you have the simple one click on a PDF link and it will offer you to download the PDF file.

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