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.
Thank you everyone for your feedback on this item. We recognize this is a valuable feature and are looking at ways we can address it. We do not have a timeline to share at this point.
We are struggling with this with the transition to SharePoint Online. Our Marketing team uses pdfs for much of their work and not having this functionality is painful especially when it existed before. It makes our users not want to use SharePoint Online. When people are already resistant to change, this doesn't help.
I finally got around to switching my IE and Chrome to open in PDF by default. The best - and easiest hint - is from Nicosher (March 24, 2017 post). Check out posts/comments from Nicosher if you want this issue resolved easily and quickly.
Solution took less than 5 minutes. As a habit I restarted IE and Chrome after changing
Adobe Reader settings. Went back to the SharePoint library and clicked on the file in same fashion - works. It may have worked without restarting the browsers, I didn't test this.
Thank you NICOSHER :-)
Joe D commented
Thanks Nolan....is there a way to adjust this ? its just a preference
Joe D commented
I have PDF files linked to sharepoint on our website. I question is
is there's a way to default all visitors to open any PDF file on the website by browser and not download ?
The only way this works currently is to add a sp site in acrobat directly, then navigate through acrobat to the file and open it directly. It prompts for check out, lets you edit, and saves directly back to the server.
Open Adobe PDF in client application
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.