I'm currently setting my document library to open all Word, Excel, PPT and PDF using the client application.

But for some reason PDF won't open up in a new tab in the browser.

Are there any workarounds for this to make this work?

Thanks in Advance!

  • So, you want to open PDF in browser? Currently, if you open a PDF file, what will it use to open?
    – Kally_MSFT
    Jan 20, 2023 at 8:49
  • Hi Kally_MSFT, Currently it open in the same window in the browser. I want it to open in a new tab. Thanks
    – naijacoder
    Jan 22, 2023 at 21:54

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I could reproduce this issue on my environment, it seems to be by default when opening a PDF file, it will open in the same tab instead of a new tab.

As a workaround, I suggest you use "Open in browser" instead of clicking the file name directly. enter image description here

Besides, there is an similar feedback about this issue, you can vote the feedback

  • Thanks Kally. I had a workaround for it using column formatting with json just for pdf file and it works
    – naijacoder
    Feb 3, 2023 at 2:42
  • Thanks for your feedback, if possible, please share your JSON code here, so that other who may meet this similar issue could benefit from it. :)
    – Kally_MSFT
    Feb 6, 2023 at 2:09

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