PDF Open Behavior in SharePoint Online RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I would like to change the way that PDFs behave in my SharePoint Online Document Library. Currently, if I search for a PDF and click on the title in the search results, the PDF will open in Acrobat Reader DC and ask if I would like to "Checkout and Open" the file. Then if I fill out a form, add comments, and click save, the document is saved directly to the SharePoint Document Library with the desired changes. THIS IS THE DESIRED FUNCTIONALITY.

    If I click on the file's title in the SharePoint Document Library, it will download a copy of the file and open it in Acrobat Reader DC. Then when I click "Save" it will try to save the changed file to my local computer, which is not desired functionality. This simply adds too many steps to get the file back into the SharePoint Library. Other options, including adding the site in the Acrobat Reader DC site connection is not a good option, because as an IT Manager I do not want to manually create this connection for my users, and I want them to have one place to go to open files, NOT 3 (mapped network drive, SharePoint site, inside the application). As well, I do not want to open the file in Word Online, and I do not want to use the Acrobat extension for Internet Explorer, because it does not allow me to edit and save directly to the SharePoint Online library.

    So back to my original question, which is mainly outside the scope of Microsoft Support, so I am hoping the community will help me out, how do I change this default behavior in my SharePoint site? Do I need to edit .js files in SharePoint Designer? Will PowerShell work?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    Friday, December 18, 2015 2:54 PM