I have a document library (all documents are pdf) that came from SP10 to SP13. In SP10 the documents open without an issue. In SP13 when I click on "doc type" icon the document will not open. Through research I found that this is a issue that Microsoft has not fixed in SP13, but I could be wrong. If I add "title" column the document will open, however, I only want to open the document from the document type. Can anyone assist me with this issue? Is there any css I can apply to the document library page? Thanks for your help.

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You could also adjust DocIcon.xml in 15\TEMPLATE\XML\ as described here. This means in particular adding the OpenControl like this:

<Mapping Key="pdf" Value="pdficon_small.png" OpenControl="AdobeAcrobat.OpenDocuments"/>

Note, that this requires Acrobat Reader X or higher.


Found the solution. Yes, this is a Microsoft issue that hasn't been fixed in 2013. So, I found this helpful page that solved the issue for SP2013: https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/SharePoint-2013-Clicking-the-icon-in-Type-column-is-highlighting-the-item-instead-of-launching-the-document.aspx. Thanks for your help SharePoint Stack Exchange.

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