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We are setting up a Sharepoint Foundations site for a company intranet. We have several different pages for the different departments of the company. We have uploaded a lot of pdf files for employees to reference. When some users try to open the pdf links, they open in the same IE tab. What settings need to be changed so that the links open in the web browser and not with another pdf application? I work with the OP and do most of the work on the company Sharepoint site and I think I figured it out.
It only takes a minute to sign up. We have a client who is having issues with users who are checking out documents instead of picking "Read Only". We would like to find a way to remove the option to have them check out documents and instead just download or open it in browser. We would instead like to remove steps 3 and 4 for only PDF files. This would remove the ability for PDF's to be checked out, edited, etc. In the document library's settings, disable "require check out. If your PDFs are mixed in with other documents that you would like users to have the option to check out, consider separating the documents out into separate document libraries.
When we try to open PDF files from a SharePoint library using IE 8 or above, we get prompted to Save the file and it does not open in the browser directly. In a vanilla SharePoint implementation the browser always prompts user to save the PDF file rather than opening it. This behavior can be very annoying for end users and a bigger concern is that such behavior promotes saving the files on the local computer even if the document is designed for view only. This is a SharePoint web application level setting and this property determines how file are treated in browser. When we open a PDF file from a SharePoint library or list, we are prompted to open the file as Read-only assuming that we have pdf Reader installed. SharePoint utilizes an enhanced security feature in Internet Explorer 8 and above to block the opening of file types it considers vulnerable to scripting or other attacks, such as PDFs, HTML, etc.
We have a customer that makes extensive use of Adobe Acrobat's integration with SharePoint, which allows for the checkout and editing of PDF files directly.
See this TechNote for details. This is usually the URL that you see in the browser's address bar when you are logged in and your SharePoint site's home is open in the browser. Click Continue.
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