How to save PDF files in Google Chrome

Google has added a new feature that integrates PDF files "seamlessly" into Internet browsing.  Some people complain, but I like it.  Especially the fact that it's faster than any plugin I've used, and especially since it's faster than Adobe Acrobat Reader.  There is ONE problem, though, and that's how to save the darn PDF files.  Sometimes you can just Right-Click and Save As, but sometimes you can't.  Here's the simple solution when you're stuck without the Save As feature: 

Right-Click and then "Open frame in new tab".  Now you can Right-Click and Save As as usual!

Now does that help or not?

11 comments:

  1. that addresses the Save, maybe, with several extra steps. but what about the search, snap picture, skip to page, print, rotate, etc?

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  2. Thanks for the tip but I'm not being able to get the pdf downloaded.

    "Open frame in new tab" is easy. I then hover, in the reloaded frame, over where the pdf link is but can still only save the object or link as a web page (htm or html). Am I doing something wrong or is it just not possible to be able to save pdf's from within Chrome?

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  3. @John21, are you right-clicking where the "pdf link is" as in where the URL is? You should right-click inside the frame, i.e. somewhere within the document. If this doesn't help, then I guess I'll join in on the Chrome-PDF-viewer bashing. =P

    P.S. Most of the time I open a PDF for a few minutes just to peruse through. Still, I admit those extra snapshot and rotate features should be added in the near future.

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  4. Thanks for your response Mr. T. Apologies but this is a little confusing and I'm probably missing the obvious! Let me try to explain in more detail:
    1. I go to where the pdf is available as a link. I hover over this link and select your suggested "open frame in a new tab."
    2. I go to the newly reloaded tab. If I hover over where the pdf url is, or anywhere in the newly reloaded tab, I can select 'save as,' which regretfully only allows me to save (both) as htm or html pages only.

    I cannot load the 'pdf' document in a new frame only the entire page in which the pdf (url) is contained. Once the pdf is loaded there is no right click menu option to be able to save the page as a pdf.

    I'm probably confusing things more than clarifying!

    Actually I'm okay with viewing the document online i.e. the view quality is sufficient. The reason I'm trying to download a copy is that I would like a copy of the pdf i.e. a account statment that I'd like to be able to refer to if I should chose to move from a service provider. Somehow I cannot believe that I'm the only person who has this issue and I'm a little surprised that the folks at Google haven't considered this. It must be, I would expect, an issue for Chrome OS too i.e. how does one save files from the web to then store them somewhere else in the cloud (google docs or drop box)?

    Sorry about the rambling but I'm just thinking aloud.

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  5. I had to add that this seems to work fine on other service providers i.e. I'm quite easily able to right click on the pdf url and save the target as a pdf. That means that the problem I'm experiencing is limited to a particular provider! I'll have to log a request for them to get their tech sort... :-)

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  6. Doesn't work for me. I'm viewing a bill generated by a banking website. The link runs some javascript which generates a PDF.

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  7. I can take a look at it if y'all post links to the pdfs that can't be saved. Obviously don't post anything that contains your personal information. Thanks

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  8. Thanks for the useful tip. (Although I've known it forever, I'll try to be humble here... :P)

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  9. When I right click on a pdf in a frameset, the options I see are Save As... (which saves it as html not pdf), Print... (which works well enough) and Inspect Element. No open frame in new tab (though I get that in Firefox). I am using Chrome 12.0.742.5

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  10. Press Shift + Ctrl + s n watch the miracle happen
    Cheers :)

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  11. Thank you, this has been driving me nuts

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