I am working with SP on prem 2019 and have set files to launch in client apps by default and it seems to be working fine. Specifically for PDF files, when they are clicked from SharePoint, they launch fine in Adobe reader client but does not prompt for Check out and open.

I have version 2019.012.20036 installed for Adobe. if anyone came across this, please share thoughts what should be changed so users get prompted for check out and open when PDF launches in Adobe client.

Also FYI, versioning settings-> Require documents to be checked out before editing is set to Yes' . Due to this for all word and excel files, check out and open prompt is working fine but not for PDF files.

Thanks in advance.


I would take a look at Access SharePoint files in Acrobat, Acrobat Reader which also applies to Adobe Acrobat. Rather than opening from SharePoint, open from Adobe by adding an "account" that points to the SharePoint site.

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  • Appreciate the answer Trevor but that is not something I am looking for. – mdevm Oct 3 '19 at 23:43
  • This is the approach you need to take as SharePoint doesn't offer this OOTB (and at the same time, PDFs aren't designed to be edited /rant). – Trevor Seward Oct 4 '19 at 1:52
  • Not sure if u Understood my question currently. In old sp 2013 farm, users were able to open pdf directly in adobe from Sharepoint and it used prompt for check out and open so it’s possible to do but I am not sure how. I have a case open with adobe support as well. – mdevm Oct 4 '19 at 10:39

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