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March 1, 2013 /How-To's /

Tip: Google Chrome & the Adobe Acrobat Create PDF extension

The latest version of Chrome i.e. Chrome 25 has made some changes to the extensions installed by third party programs. The extract below from an announcement blog post by the Chrome Product Manager summarizes these changes:

“Extensions installed by third party programs using external extension deployment options will be disabled by default. When a third party program installs an extension, the Chrome menu will be badged, and users can click through the Chrome menu to see a dialog containing an option to enable the extension or to remove it from their computer.

In addition, all extensions previously installed using external deployment options will be automatically disabled. Chrome will show a one-time prompt to allow the re-enabling of any of the extensions.”

The Adobe Acrobat Create PDF extension for Chrome falls in this category. So, if you have been using this extension, it would be disabled by the latest Chrome upgrade. If that is the case (which means you have missed the one time prompt that Chrome shows to enable extensions after the upgrade), here is what you need to do to enable this. (Click on an image to enlarge it for more detail.)

  1. Click “Settings” on the Chrome menu.
  2. Chrome Settings

  3. Select “Extensions”. You will see “Adobe Acrobat – Create PDF” listed there. Check the “Enable” box alongside it. This will enable Adobe Acrobat PDF Creation extension on your Chrome browser.
  4. Chrome Settings 2

If you are doing a fresh installation of Acrobat, you will see a green badge on Chrome browser menu (after Acrobat installation is completed). You can then click through the Chrome menu to see a dialog containing an option to enable the extension. Select “Enable extension” to enable Adobe Acrobat PDF Creation extension on your Chrome browser.



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  • By albert - 4:40 AM on March 5, 2013   Reply

    don’t have the extension for chrome Version 25.0.1364.152 m
    “Adobe Acrobat – Create PDF” is not in the list
    kindly advice

    • By joiemikitson - 12:40 PM on March 6, 2013   Reply

      Please try updating Acrobat XI to the latest version, 11.0.02. If the PDFMaker add-in doesn’t appear, close Chrome, launch Acrobat XI and choosing Help > Repair Acrobat Installation. If after these steps, you continue to have trouble, please share some more details about your problem and environment on our Acrobat Installation & Update Installation forum: Our staff and community experts should be able to help you get your functionality restored!

  • By Adobe - 1:22 AM on March 12, 2013   Reply

    How can I remove the extension from beong added to new isntances of Chrome anyway?Adobe sucks, i ne ver asked for that extension to be installed in the first place

    • By MGV - 12:37 PM on April 3, 2013   Reply

      Go to tools/extensions, choose the trash can symbol next to the extension you’d like to remove.

      FYI, it installed the extension because it makes it useful to read PDFs online, seeing as you downloaded the software to do the same, which is reading PDF files. Next time, it would help to not install software you think sucks.

  • By TomS - 9:30 PM on May 11, 2013   Reply

    This is totally unhelpful. I’m not doing a fresh install. Adobe extn has gone missing. Not in the list of extns that Google provides. And you don’t provide it either!! Seems that Adobe and Google are conspiring together to stop me using Adobe Acrobat. Are you guys really that mad?

    • By joiemikitson - 8:56 AM on May 13, 2013   Reply

      Sorry to hear you’re having trouble. What version of Acrobat do you have installed? What OS are you using?

      • By James - 9:59 AM on May 22, 2013   Reply

        I’m running into the same issue. I’m on the latest version of Acrobat 11.03. How can I get this extension back? I don’t see it listed as a disabled extension.

        • By joiemikitson - 1:41 PM on May 22, 2013   Reply

          Hi James, try repairing Acrobat via Help > Repair Acrobat Installation.

          • By James - 8:00 AM on May 23, 2013  

            I tried that and it didn’t make any difference. I still don’t see the extension in Chrome.

  • By Ryan Xiao - 1:51 PM on July 22, 2013   Reply

    I got the “adobe creat pdf” extention (chrome lateast v28.0.1500.72 m, adobe xi pro v11.0.1), but the extention does’t work, click it->save as pdf, nothing happen,not at all, sad!

  • By Frank - 7:38 PM on August 5, 2013   Reply

    How do I get the Adobe Acrobat add-on toolbar like I have in Explorer that allows me to convert webpages to PDF??

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