We have Office 365/ SharePoint Online. We want to open pdf documents on a client (Adobe Reader) so that it can be edited. We are able to open the documents on the client but we are not prompted whether we would like to Check-Out the Document before editing.

We would Ideally like to use the SharePoint Check-out/Check-in capabilities for editing files. But here, it opens the file on the client without prompting for a Check-Out.

I have tried the following- 1. Set the default PDF Application as Adobe Reader 2. On IE Browser Settings disabled Adobe Reader Plugin so that it opens on the client.

But in vain.

Any suggestions on how this can be achieved would be greatly appreciated.

1 Answer 1


Set your doc library where you store editable PDF files to require Check-Out. Open the file with check-out and make sure that the checkout uses your "Use My Local Drafts Folder". It should open PDF with the Adobe Acrobat, as long as it is installed on the PC you access SharePoint from. Good luck! The deal is that "Use My Local Draft Folder" created a copy of the file "behind the scenes" in the SharePoint Drafts folder under "My Documents" location (by default). Once a draft is created there, OS file association "takes over" to control file opening and correctly uses Adobe Acrobat to deal with it... Hope this will work.

  • is above solution works for you? If not then please let me so i can help you further.
    – Hardik
    May 9, 2017 at 14:07
  • How do I make sure that the Checkout uses "My Local Drafts Folder"? I have changed the settings in my Document Library to require Check-Out. May 9, 2017 at 14:24
  • I am using SharePoint Online (part of Office 365) are the settings different? May 9, 2017 at 14:49

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