Google Chrome is getting a PDF printing friendly feature named “Print PDF as an Image”.
Why Print PDF as Image
According to Adobe, “problems can occur when you print a PDF file. For example, a PDF file can contain damaged content such as images or fonts that Acrobat cannot process during printing”.
Printing PDF as an image avoids any of that from happening. Printers handle images better than PDFs.
This option is part of Adobe’s Acrobat PDF viewer. Google Chrome has a built-in PDF reader. Now, Google is bringing this feature to Chrome’s PDF viewer as well.
How To Enable “Print PDF as Image” In Chrome
Currently, this feature is available behind a flag. Go to chrome://flags and look for “Print Pdf as Image”. The direct URL to access this flag is chrome://flags/#print-pdf-as-image.
Enable this flag and restart Google Chrome. Open up a PDF and go to the Print view (CTRL + P). Look for the checkbox that says “Print as image”.
Go ahead and try this out.
A Note About Chrome Flags
As all the Chrome flags go, this is an experimental feature. That means this feature may not be available on the stable version of Google Chrome for now. This also means that this feature might change its name, the way it looks or works before it graduates out of the “flag” status. It may even completely disappear if Google decides to drop that feature.