10 Powerful Chrome Tools for All Your PDF Needs

Sandy Writtenhouse 26-04-2016

Working with PDF files can be difficult if you do not have professional software like Adobe Acrobat to help. However, if you are a Chrome user, there are several extensions and apps that are quite useful. Froma viewing and editing, to merging and splitting, there is a PDF tool here for almost anything you need How to Edit, Combine, and Sign a PDF File for Free We show you how to split, merge, downsize, and do all kinds of magic with PDF files. Read on if you're ready to take your PDF documents to the next level! Read More .



Kami (formerly Notable PDF)

Kami is a powerful PDF tool that lets you view, annotate, share, and collaborate. There is both an extension and app for Chrome and this tool actually works in Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari too.

You begin by either dragging and dropping a file or importing one from Google Drive, Box, or Dropbox. Then, take advantage of the annotation features, which include:

  • Highlight, strikethrough, and underline
  • Add comments
  • Add or select text
  • Draw and erase
  • Split or merge
  • Share, export, or print


Kami is a terrific tool for working with PDF files and offers even more features if you upgrade to a premium plan. But, the free tool offers all of the basics that you need for viewing and editing your PDFs 5 Easy & Effective Ways to Edit PDF Documents on Linux How can you modify PDFs on a Linux system? Well, you might pay for commercial-grade software and support, or opt for a free alternative. Let's take a look at what's out there. Read More .


Xodo PDF Viewer & Editor

Xodo PDF Viewer & Editor is another reliable tool for viewing, annotating, and editing PDFs with both an extension and app for Chrome. Similar to Kami, you get started by dragging and dropping a file or importing one from your local drive, Google Drive, or Dropbox. You can then easily edit and annotate with these features:

  • Highlight, strikethrough, and underline
  • Add comments and collaborate
  • Add text, a shape, or a callout
  • Add a signature, print, or save
  • Merge and organize pages


In order to collaborate or save items to the app’s Bookshelf, you need to create a free account with Xodo. But, if you just want to use the basic features, they work well and the tool is easy to use.

PDF Buddy

For viewing and editing, you can check out PDF Buddy as another option. Once you upload a file from your computer, you have editing options that are similar to Microsoft Word’s editor. Change the font style and size, use bold and italics, align your paragraphs, or pick a font color. In addition to those handy tools you can also use the following features:

  • Highlight or whiteout
  • Transform or use the pen
  • Add customizable shapes and symbols
  • Include an image or signature with a free account

With a decent amount of features and a clean workspace, PDF Buddy is a solid choice for viewing, annotating, and editing your PDFs. Note that you also need to sign up for a free account to download your completed document.

PDF Merge

If you only need to merge PDFs, then PDF Merge works great. This tool actually uses Xodo in the background if you decide to view the document. However, you can simply upload your files from your local drive or Google Drive and then click the Merge button. You can download the new file to your computer or save it to Google Drive 10 Tips to Do More With Your PDF Files on Google Drive Google Drive is a full-featured office suite. Some of its key features include the PDF capabilities built into the cloud app. Read More . Merging PDFs does not get much easier than that.



PDFSplit! [No Longer Available] is a convenient tool if you normally only split PDF files. You can drop a document onto the page or upload one from your computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Then, just choose a range of pages or extract them all into separate files. If you do the latter, you can customize the names of each file if you like.


If you are concerned about security, you can also click the link to enable a secure connection. For quick and easy splitting, PDFSplit! is a reliable option.


Merge PDF – Split PDF –

If you do just as much merging as splitting, then Merge PDF – Split PDF – can help. This Chrome app also works with Xodo for just the viewing portion. You can upload files from you’re your computer, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

For merging, drag and drop the documents in the order you want them or sort them alphabetically. You have options for pages, bookmarks, and a table of contents based on your documents.


For splitting, you upload your documents the same way. Then just choose how to split the files from every page to just odd, only even, or specific pages. This tool has its bonuses as well listed in a clear menu for you. For all your PDF tasks, you can not only merge and split, but also compress, rotate, and crop.


PDF Converter

PDF Converter is a good extension if you need to convert a document to a PDF quickly. The converter supports HTML, images, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Open Office, postscript, and text files. Just drag your document into the box, upload it from your local drive, grab it from Google Drive, or enter the URL for it.

You can as an option, have the document converted and sent to you via email, but if you simply click the Convert and Send button, a pop-up window will appear. You can then choose to download it and will be redirected to Xodo where you can then work with it and save it.


PDF Compressor –

If you have the need to compress a PDF How to Compress a PDF, Reduce the File Size, and Make It Smaller This guide covers how to make a PDF smaller and manually reduce its size using simple programs and tools. Read More before sending or sharing it, then PDF Compressor – is a terrific tool. You can upload the document from your computer, drag and drop it into the box, or import it from Dropbox or Google Drive. You will quickly see both the original and new size of your PDF. To download it, click the button and once again you will be redirected to Xodo. offers additional PDF services, which makes it quite handy. Aside from compressing PDFs, you can also convert, merge, split, and protect a file. Each of these options is conveniently displayed at the top of the page. But for a simple compression, it does the trick.


Print Friendly & PDF

Print Friendly & PDF is a simple tool that lets you download a web page as a PDF. You can adjust the text size, remove the images, and select the page size from letter or A4. If you want to remove certain parts of the page, you simply click to delete them.

As a bonus, this Chrome app offers an email feature to send the page as well as a nicely displayed print-friendly version The 6 Best Tools to Print to PDF PDF printer tools let you save any file you can print as a PDF. Here are some of the best PDF printer apps for Windows 10. Read More . So, for something as basic as downloading a web page as a PDF, Print Friendly & PDF gets the job done.


PDF Viewer

If you see a PDF on a website and would like to view it without downloading it, then PDF Viewer is a handy tool. Just enter the URL of the PDF and it will display for you within the browser window without the need for a reader. If you would like to download the file after viewing it, that option is available.

PDF Viewer supports more than just PDF files as well. Word and Excel documents, text files, and images can all be viewed without the need for additional software The 6 Best PDF Readers for Windows in 2019 The best PDF readers don't cost any money. Read our roundup of feature-rich PDF viewers that out perform even Adobe Reader. Read More . You can also upload a file from your computer, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, or Dropbox. However, the convenience really comes in when you want to simply view an online file.


Do You Use a Different PDF Tool for Chrome?

There are tons of tools out there for Chrome and specifically for PDFs as well. Do you use one of these or do you have a different one that you prefer? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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  1. Psst3
    November 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    A simple laucher SHOULD NOT REQUIRE further development except to intetface with later OS or OS wrapper changes .

    The idea that one does points out how poorly Google apps are engineered, coded amd checked, and how casually Google regards standards in anything, including its own OS UI/wrapper.

    The actual OS kernel, Linux, has had few changes that should have effected the Android UI IF it was designed to use only the standard Linux hooks and security model.

    Similarly, the Android interface SHOULD be as version upgradable as Gnome without needing new hardware to run the "new" friggin' kernel. That each manufacturer is allowed to hold users captive by not sharing drivers, and imposing an "optimized" launcher is as bad as the root access denial and carrier locks.

  2. Navin Raj Natarajan
    April 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    smallpdf is a paysite now!!!! better use

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      May 23, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Navin,

      That's weird, I have been able to use it without a problem or request for payment. I'll hop back over there and take a look. But, thank you for the other suggestion too, it's always helpful to have more!


    April 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Cant figure out why some PDFs Chrome will open in-browser.......but others, it

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      May 23, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Adam,

      Were you able to check out any of these tools? I know what you mean about consistency, so hopefully you found one here to help you!

      Thanks for commenting!