SharePoint Online. When a user clicks on a Word document in SharePoint, I would like the automatic behavior to do 2 things:

  1. convert the document to PDF
  2. download the PDF to the user's computer

Does anyone know how this can be done? Is it possible to do through permissions?

**UPDATE 7/18/2017: I understand this functionality to be Word Automation and it isn't available in SharePoint Online (scroll down to bottom of page): https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sharepoint-online-content-service-description.aspx


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First, what you have asked is not related to the SharePoint Permission.

Second, unfortunately, the PDF auto conversion is not available in SharePoint.

The available options that may satisfy a few of your requirements are:

  • From the beginning, you should upload your document as a PDF file.
  • Or you can open your word document first in the browser then save it as PDF on your computer.

By the way, The required permission to download a document is at least Read permission, you can't download a document using View Only permission.

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