Saturday, July 19, 2014

PDF will not open in client application in SharePoint 2010

My users preference is not to save the PDF's when they try to open it from a SharePoint Document Library.

My preference is, they should be able to open the PDF in PDF Viewer like word/excel client applications. We thought it is browser specific problem, and tested it in IE, Chrome and Firefox. IE requests the user to save the PDF document as given in the above picture and Chrome downloads the PDF's automatically.
So we concluded that this is not a browser issue and found the following solution.

The solution is to

  1. SharePoint 2010 Central Administration -> Application Management -> Manage Web Applications
  2. Select the choice of your web application
  3. Click General Settings in the ribbon
  4. Scroll down to Browser File Handling and choose Permissive
  5. Click OK to save the settings.

Also I checked the settings of "Opening Documents in the Browser " of user's document library is set to "open in client application". Now the users are able to open the PDF's in client application. Hope this helps you.

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