Hi we have migrated our environment from 2010 to 2013. In Document libraries when trying to select the pdf files and try to edit the document it shows its been grayed out. I am having full administrative access on the sites and libraries. Please find the attached screenshot . Let me know if any one has solution for this. enter image description here

  • does it work for other types of documents? Jun 8, 2018 at 21:22
  • Yes it does work with word docs
    – SPLearner
    Jun 11, 2018 at 13:13

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This is a known issue in SharePoint 2013: PDF-Files cannot be edited directly.

Some workarounds until Microsoft might fix that:

  • Manually Download the PDF, Edit it, Save it locally, Upload again.
  • Use the "Open in Explorer" Button
  • Implement PDFFIX.JS. Also note the discussion about HTTP and HTTPS. Put this on your Update-Checklist, as it might break after installing a Cumulative Update.

Please support the UserVoice-Idea linked above if you also face that problem and want it to get fixed by MS.

  • the link you provided is showing in particular to Office 365 only. Is it same thing in on premise SharePoint 2013/2016 as well?
    – SPLearner
    Jun 11, 2018 at 17:25
  • This also applies for OnPremises Installations. Follow the pdffix.js link for an very interesting discussion.
    – MHeld
    Jun 11, 2018 at 19:59

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