Open Adobe PDF in client application
Office 365 / SharePoint online needs to support opening PDF documents in SharePoint directly to client application (Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC).
As of this request, technical support has stated the only way to open PDF files in Acrobat is to download/save them.
SharePoint On Premise has supported this feature for some time.
Adobe PDF files are as common and Microsoft Office Suite documents and must be editable directly to/from SharePoint Online without the need to down/save edit, and upload which adds user overhead and lowers productivity.
Kambiz Tahan commented
This is an important capability that O365 and Share Point lack. The review cycle of documents can be done way easier if this feature be added. All sorts of documents and drawings can be converted to PDF and collect comments on the same file from different users.
Ron Holtby commented
We need this ability to open a PDF correctly allowed with Sharepoint Online!!
The name of the file displays when I mouse over the icon, so SharePoint is recognizing the file type.
Is there a fix for this? I can't open a pdf or Word file by clicking on the doc type icon. I do get a pointing finger when I mouse over the icon, but when I click, nothing happens.
If this functionality was supported before then there should be a fix to bring back to what it was before. The workaround is to access all PDF files via Windows Explorer is a cumbersome process and prone to errors. It would be so much easier to open directly from the Library
Nicosher - Your method allows the PDF to be downloaded from SP Online which basically creates a local copy in your local file system. The PDF is dissociated from SP Online and therefore loses its check-out/in functionality.
I have not been able to configure SP or any browser in such a way that a PDF will open in a native application like Acrobat or Bluebeam for editing purposes. That Microsoft has not accommodated this feature is a major failure and it affects my organization profoundly. PLEASE fix this immediately!! Thank you.
I solved this problem in Chrome and IE
1. Go to chrome://settings/
2. Scroll down and click on Show Advanced Settings…
3. Under Privacy click on Content Settings button
4. Scroll all the way to the bottom and check the box under PDF documents
1. Open Internet Explorer, and choose Tools > Manage Add-ons.
2. Under Add-on Types, select Toolbars and Extensions.
3. In the Show menu, select All Add-ons.
Select All Add-ons from the Show menu in the Manage Add-ons dialog box.
4. In the list of add-ons, select Adobe PDF Reader.
If you do not see the Adobe PDF Reader add-on, try the other options on the menu. For example, on some systems, the add-on appears when you select Run Without Permission.
5. Click the Disable button (it toggles depending on the status of the selected add-on):
Disable turns off the add-on so it does not open PDFs in the browser.
This functionality is critical to our operations. The workaround is to access all PDF files via Windows Explorer, but that is a cumbersome process prone to errors. It would be so much easier to open directly from the Library.
Pat Petersen commented
The modern view fails when opening PDFs. The user has a Picture of the item, then can open, but not with their default program (BlueBeam).
Pieter Janse van Niewenhuizen commented
Microsoft and/or Acrobat DC Pro should add support for editing PDFs in SharePoint. We are locked down to using Internet Explorer because it is the only browser which supports Open with Explorer option (Ed mentioned) for editing PDFs. Frustrating experience indeed...
This failure to properly handle a worldwide common file type needs to be FIXED.
I have a wallet that can only hold 2 credit cards. It's a Microsoft wallet of course.
Has there been an update to this long and tiring issue? I'm fighting this issue with SP2013 w/SP1 on prem without OWA. I need allow users to edit PDF with Adobe Pro while not breaking check in/check out and still be able to save back to the library from which I opened it from. Please advise.
Thank you Ed for the workaround. Works great!
You can open a document library using File Explorer, located in the library ribbon, then open the PDF document from there. You will be prompted to sign into SharePoint, and then you will get the "Checkout and open" prompt from Acrobat DC/Reader. The SharePoint/Office 365 Server option is available on the File menu where you can check-in the document.
It's not ideal, since you should be able to open the PDF directly from the browser based document library instead of the File Explorer but for meanwhile they resolve this issue, it works okay...
We would really like to see this too ... Any updates on this?
Agreed that PDF files and SharePoint integration should be as important to Microsoft as MS Office files. The optimal solution is whether accessing PDF files through the browser, mapped drive or Acrobat Online mapping the experience should be the same. Open the PDF file through Acrobat with SharePoint Integration features enabled, Check-out and Edit, Open, Cancel buttons. If a version of Acrobat is not available, then open in Acrobat Reader. We can discuss the SharePoint Integration buttons and features another time.
Any update to this?
If you click on a search result in SharePoint, PDF documents open in Acrobat Pro DC properly (they are connected, and the user can check in/out the document). But PDF links in document libraries don't work this way! Clicking the link just downloads the PDF and then it open in Acrobat but it is disconnected from SharePoint - the file is just in a temp download location on your PC.
This would so amazing without check out and check in of the PDF files.