Opening PDF files from the app not browser in document library

sns 9,226 Reputation points

Opening PDF files from the app not browser in document library , is it possible? if yes how?

it has to be done for all the libraries in SHarePoint site?

I have already enabled open with client application option for all the library one by one, but still user is mentioning as below

All PDF files should open in Adobe Acrobat DC programme.

Please suggest

It is SHarePoint 2016

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  1. Emily Du-MSFT 43,831 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Which browser you are using?

    In the IE browser, run below PowerShell to let IE browser always download pdf files. Then use Adobe reader to open pdf files.

    $webApplication = Get-SPWebApplication("URL")

    In the Google Chrome browser, go to Settings -> Private and security -> Site settings -> PDF documents -> Download PDFs. When you click PDF file, in the pop-up box that pops up in the lower left corner of the browser, set Always open in Adobe reader, then open the PDF file.

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    In the Edge browser, go to Settings -> Cookies and site permissions -> PDF documents -> Enable Always download PDF files. When you click PDF file, the browser default downloads PDF file, then you click open file.

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  1. Raúl de Cristóbal 0 Reputation points

    I have the same question.

    The answer provided downloads the PDF and then the user has to go, find it and open it in Adobe, which is a pain.

    Ideally, when you click on a PDF in SharePoint, it would open in Adobe PDF or any other PDF reader available.

    Is that possible?

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