I've a document library in SharePoint 2010 with some pdf. When i click on a pdf, it proposes save as in place of open.

How to achieve this?

I added this in my master page:

 $(function () {
    $("a[href$='.pdf']").attr("target", "_blank");       



1 Answer 1


You have to make sure the following things in order to open the PDF in browser.

There are two options available

  • Browser File Handling should permissive for the web app, you can change it using the Central Admin > Manage web Application> Web Application General Settings. this is kind of security risk.
  • Explicitly add PDF to allowable list of MIME types in SharePoint 2010. .Use the below code to add MIME type

    -#Get web application object   
    $webApp = Get-SPWebApplication "web app url"   
    -#List all allowed MIME types for this web application
    -#Get web application object again
    $webapp = Get-SPWebApplication "web app url"  
    -#Add PDF to allowed MIME type list    
    -#Commit changes


Also Take a look:

How to Open PDF files in a web browser -SharePoint 2010

  • If you are using Adobe Acrobat, you will need at least version X of the software. Also, check if your Acrobat to browser integration is working. Commented May 20, 2015 at 21:02
  • I would definitely not recommend setting it to permissive in production and instead intentional declare it's use (Waqas 2nd bullet). and as far as opening in the browser itself - that will also depend on the browser and/or application plugins being enabled. Commented May 20, 2015 at 21:08
  • Are there a way to open pdf in new tab browser? Commented May 21, 2015 at 10:00
  • you need to add a CEWP and put a code it..check this synergyonline.com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=18
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 13:44
  • i put the code in master page, like this every pdf on every library are open in a new tab Commented May 25, 2015 at 14:57

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