We're replacing our old Google Search Appliance with SharePoint Search and the one difference I noticed is that the GSA will open .pdf files in Adobe, but SharePoint opens them in-browser. I thought this was an Adobe setting, but the fact that these two open .pdf files differently would suggest otherwise.

My question is: is there a way to set up SharePoint to open .pdf in Adobe rather than in-browser?

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You need to enable the client Intergration feature.

  1. In SharePoint Central Administration site, click Application Management->Manage Web Applications, select the web application for the site.

  2. Click Authentication Providers, select default zone, and select Yes for "Enable Client Integration?"

read more over here:

Configure SharePoint Server to Open Office Documents in Client Application by Default


  • This has already been enabled. May 11, 2015 at 19:02
  • did you check the changing the xml file option in blog?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    May 11, 2015 at 20:10
  • what is the browser you are using. it also depends on the browsers.
    – kesava
    May 11, 2015 at 20:11
  • @WaqasSarwarMCSE, what file should I look for in regards to pdfs? This only references office documents. May 11, 2015 at 20:30
  • @kesava, Internet Explorer 9 - 11. May 11, 2015 at 20:31

Thanks for the information,

Acrobat changes w.r.to browser also needs to be changed other than SharePoint, Please follow the below link

This includes enabled and disabling the adobe ad-on which will enforce the pdf documents to open with a specific program.

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