Set Adobe Acrobat as the default PDF viewer in Microsoft Teams

As an admin, you can set Adobe Acrobat as the default app to view and edit PDF files in Microsoft Teams. Your users can view and search the PDF files. The users can also comment on and annotate the PDF files for free after they sign in.

To configure Adobe Acrobat app as the default handler for PDF files in your tenant, complete the following steps as prerequisites:

Allow Adobe Acrobat app in your tenant

To set up the app as a default PDF viewer, allow third-party apps in your tenant and then follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Teams admin center and access Teams app > Manage apps.

  2. Search for the Adobe Acrobat app and select it. It opens the app details page.

  3. Select the Permissions tab and then select Review permission.

    Screenshot of app permission in Teams admin center.

  4. Select Accept.

Install Adobe Acrobat app for all users

To assign and make the Adobe Acrobat app available for all users, follow these steps:

  1. In Teams admin center, go to Teams app > Setup policies.

  2. Under Manage policies tab, select Global (Org-wide default), and then select Edit.

    Screenshot of setup policies for Adobe Acrobat app in Teams admin center.

  3. Under Installed apps, select Add apps.

  4. Search Adobe Acrobat, select Add next to the app name and then select Add.

    Screenshot that shows how to add Adobe Acrobat app for all users.

  5. Select Save.

  6. Optionally, you can allow SSO with Microsoft Entra identity if you own a license of Adobe Acrobat. We recommend configuring SSO using the instructions available at Set up identity and single sign-on.

After you complete the configuration, Teams uses Adobe Acrobat app as the default file handler for PDF files.

To selectively allow the Adobe Acrobat app for a few individuals or for a group, use app permission policies.

Considerations and limitations

Know the following information about this functionality:

  • After the policy is set up, it typically takes a few hours for the app to be available for users.
  • The PDF files that are pinned as tabs in channels and the PDF files available in the Assignments app continue to open in the native viewer of Teams and not in the Adobe Acrobat app.
  • Adobe Acrobat as a default PDF viewer in Teams works only on desktop and web clients. It isn't supported on the mobile client.
  • Users need an Adobe Acrobat plan to use the premium tools such as Export PDF, Organize Pages, Combine Files, Compress PDF, and Protect PDF.
  • To uninstall the app, users can remove the app from their Teams client. Admin can remove the Adobe Acrobat app using setup policy.
  • If you block Adobe Acrobat app, then remove the app from the setup policy. It ensures that the user experience reverts to using the native PDF file viewer.
  • If you face any issues to sign in to the Adobe Acrobat app in the Teams desktop client, then use Teams in browser to sign in.
  • Sign-in to a free Adobe account to comment or annotate on the PDF files. The app in Teams can offer functionality such as annotating, organizing, compressing, and protecting PDF files. For a complete list of functionality and the prerequisites, see Manage PDF files in Teams with Acrobat app.
  • When you collaborate on a PDF document, it's temporarily stored (for up to 24 hours) on the Adobe servers in the region in which you're located. This temporary storage is to facilitate transient processing. Your documents are encrypted end-to-end when being transferred from your local filesystem to the server and remain encrypted on the server as well. See security for Acrobat.
  • The feature is available only for the Commercial environments and not for GCC, GCC(H), and DoD environments.