Has anyone solved the problem of how to open attachments without downloading directly in the browser?

I tried everything, Chrome, Edge, Addons, nothing works. The attached PDFs are downloaded first and then opened. How do I open the PDF directly in my browser?

Thank you for any advice.

2 Answers 2


For List item attachments:

Use below settings to open PDF files "in browser" by default in Google chrome:

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Follow steps given in this article: Change the Default PDF Viewer in Chrome

You can find similar settings and steps for:

For Document Library files

Try using Open > Open in browser option from command bar at the top or from context menu.

Command Bar:

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Context Menu:

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  • 1
    this option is for Library, my problem is in the Sharepoint list, where PDF is a attachment.
    – Novice
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 9:27
  • Check updated answer. Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 9:39

It depends on PDF documents setting in the different browsers.

In the Edge, go to Settings -> Cookies and site permissions -> PDF documents -> Enable Open PDFs to last viewed location when you reopen files.

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  • i found only solution, when i create flow, to get URI from attachment and paste URI to different column instead of Attachment. After that i can open PDF without download.
    – Novice
    Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 14:13
  • Thanks for your sharing. Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 8:27

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