Good news, Chrome and Edge usersâ€”you no longer need to download
PDFs in order to make basic edits. Earlier this week, Adobe
officially rolled out new features to its Chrome extension, giving
you the ability to skip the standalone application for common
tasks. A phased rollout for Edge users will begin later this month
Filling out forms, signing a PDF electronically, and adding
comments or other notations are available to everyone. For more
advanced features like converting from PDF to Microsoft Word,
merging PDFs, and rotating or reordering pages, you'll need a
subscription to Adobe
Acrobat Pro DC.
(Note: Creative Cloud subscribers with access to the
standard edition of Acrobat DC seem to lack these features
currently. On our Windows 10 machine with Acrobat DC installed, we
could only perform these types of edits and annotations in
dedicated program, even after uninstalling and reinstalling the
The Adobe Acrobat
extension installed in Chrome on a Windows 11 PC.
To install the Adobe Acrobat extension, simply visit its page in the Chrome Web Store, then click on
the blue button that says Add to Chrome. If for some
reason the link isn't working, nor a web search for it, you can go
the long route instead: Enter chrome://extensions
in your address bar, then click the hamburger menu icon in the
upper left corner of the screen. Choose Open Chrome Web
Store, and then search for Adobe Acrobat.
Should you need the features available to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
subscribers, but can't afford the US$180 per year subscription, be
sure to check out our roundup of the Best PDF editors. Our runner-up pick, Nitro Pro, offers similar
features but for a one-time cost of US$180 rather than an annual fee.
Adobe Acrobat Pro DC may be popular, but alternatives do exist.