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.
Ed Barnes commented
Ed Barnes commented
It looks like Adobe has made something to make this work - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/06/18/updates-to-adobe-document-cloud-bring-integrated-pdf-services-to-office-365/
Tony Argh commented
This is why we just bought a DMS... this single reason keeps us from using Sharepoint as our DMS.
Leonard Raj commented
It is unacceptable that an issue so simple is yet not resolved.
The ability to complete PDF forms is even more important with Microsoft ending support for InfoPath. Since Microsoft's PowerApps solution for forms is so complicated, moving to PDF forms, which are so much easier to create, would provide a viable solution to non-developers. Combined with PowerAutomate or Azure Logic Apps, this would become a good replacement for SharePoint Designer workflows and InfoPath.
this is crazy and keeping us from working productively in SharePoint
Bjørn Lundt commented
Hi Microsoft, whats happening here? I can see that we are many people waiting for a solution to the whole Adobe / O365.
This issue is simply unacceptable in this day and age. This is the ONLY issue keeping people from HAPPILY using TEAMS and SharePoint. THIS IS ASININE
"100 votes in 90 days and we'll get back to you."
- Opened Feb 2016 - 4 years have elapsed
-2,581 Votes online
Craig Woodburn commented
Cannot believe such a basic function is missing. Cheering for the SharePoint development team to address this deficiency!!
Jake Mostowik commented
6 days away from the 4 year anniversary of this idea and still no comment from Microsoft.
This is something that greatly limits Sharepoint adoption in org so I would love to see some movement on this.
Really just need a way to open documents from SharePoint in whatever application we want. This goes beyond PDFs. The way SharePoint Online is now, if it's not docx, xlsx, or pptx, then working with the file is hard. Nobody wants to sit there and Check Out > Download > Upload > Check In especially when they have to review and markup 100 PDF files. Syncing with OneDrive has it's limits and doesn't scale out as the number and size of sites grows. Opening in File Explorer requires opening the site in Internet Explorer which loses other functionality so you can't just put your own SharePoint Online sites in IE mode in Edge without penalty.
All in all, the struggle is real. Everyone hates this limitation and it seems Microsoft is ignoring the complaints. Out of all the suggestions for this feature. I haven't seen a single one where anyone from Microsoft has responded.
Karel Erasmus commented
I agree, with the below. This is such an unnecessary issue that Microsoft Should be able to solve. Alternatively, ensure that Interactive and other PDF media features actually work in the Edge Browser. If Internet Explorer can do it. Surely Edge must be able to do it.
Jason Bowne commented
With Microsoft's partnership with Adobe to run Adobe's cloud in Azure, I would think that product teams would embrace something like this suggestion. Now with 2,528 votes I am surprised that the SharePoint team has not taken this suggestion more serious like other product teams do with uservoice items that get voted up substantially. C-mon SharePoint team, listed to the 'uservoice' and respond by doing what the market is wanting.
This issue is almost 4 years old now. Please start to look into this matter with some consideration for your end users and the advocates who backed SP implementation in their organisation. Having paid for the whole package, and finding something as vital as this missing was a big let down.
The ability to open PDFs in the client application vs Web version would is very much desired. We have many PDF forms that are not working with the Web version and downloading first is a complete waste of time.
Ditto, Brad (i.e. no solution), but in a different way: using Acrobat DC, or Reader DC, there is no 'Display PDF in browser' under 'Web Browser Options'. And in our organisation, 'Internet Options' is blocked by our administrator...
Bill Burke commented
Brad, unfortunately no Boom here. Using new Edge browser.
Microsoft Windows 10 will ship with two browsers: Internet Explorer 11 and the new Edge browser.
The Edge browser will be the default browser, and Internet Explorer 11 will be available to support legacy workflows. The new Edge browser will not have any support for ActiveX plug-ins. Therefore, the Acrobat/Reader plug-in won't work with Edge. For more information, see Change in support for Acrobat and Reader plug-ins in modern web browsers.
Use Internet Explorer 11 to open PDFs.