How to Enable Two-Page View Side by Side for PDF in Google Chrome

Chrome PDF Two-up view
Chrome PDF Two-up view

To view PDF files in modern browsers is a piece of cake nowadays due to the in-built PDFs viewing feature. The chrome browser is one of those which allows you to view PDF files and you don’t need to install any third-party PDF software on your system, but the third-party PDF software is more feature-packed and powerful than other modern browsers. 

But we should not forget that Google is working on new features and improving Google Chrome day-to-day to boost our productivity at work and make our life easier as well. 

Lately, Google has added some useful features to its chromium-browser-focus mode, extension toolbar, tab groups, the real search box in new tap page, tab hover cards, text fragment anchor, global media controls, modern spell-checkers, back-forward cache, heavy ad intervention and more.

One of the new features is PDF Two-up View to display two pages side by side in PDF viewer. The PDF Two-up View feature is currently in the pipeline and is not yet available publicly. This feature is hidden behind a flag and available in the Chrome browser’s 82 or higher version through this flag. 

How to Enable Two-Page View Side by Side for PDF in Google Chrome:

Follow these steps to enable the Two-up View feature to view the two-page of PDF side by side in Google Chrome-

1.  Fire up the Google Chrome browser on your machine.

2. Type chrome://flags in the address bar of Google Chrome.

3. Now, the experimental page will be opened, type PDF Two-up View in the search flags box.

4. Now, you have to select the Enabled option from the drop-down menu in PDF Two-up View.  

two-up pdf view chrome feature

5. Restart your Google Chrome browser to take effect PDF Two-up View feature.

Relauching chrome browser after Two-up view enabling

6. Finally, on restarting the Chrome browser PDF Two-up View feature will start working on Google Chrome.

Whoa! Now you are done!

Here’s how the PDF Two-up View feature works on Google Chrome:

To use this newly added feature is plain sailing to view any PDF file in Two-Pages side by side.

Open a PDF file or simply drag and drop in Google Chrome, you will see a new pencil button named “two-up view“. Now click on the pencil icon to enable the two-up view feature to view PDF file in Two-Page View. Moreover, you can also use the plus icon to zoom in as well as the minus icon to zoom out.

clicking on pencil tool of PDF Two-up view
PDF Two-up page 1 and page 2

If you want to disable the two-page view, click on the same button to switch to single page view mode.

So this was all about how to enable two-page view side by side for PDF in Google Chrome, still if you have any doubts you can drop your queries below in the comment box.

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