Open PDF files in default PDF reader in your SharePoint On-Premises

When configuring your SharePoint Server, you'll most likely need to configure an Office Web Apps Server instance,  in order to ensure your users are able to open, edit and preview their own documents. 

By default, PDF files will open on Microsoft Word, which, in turn, may remove the flexibility and ease-of-use your users are expected to possess. 

This same behavior can be modified by removing the bindings associated with the PDF file format, hence, forcing it to open utilizing your default PDF reader (i.e, Browser). 

To do so, follow the steps below: 

  1. Open your SharePoint Application server, logging in to your Farm administrator account
  2. Open your SharePoint Management Shell and run the following command:
    Get-SPWOPIBinding –Application "WordPDF" | Remove-SPWOPIBinding -Confirm:$false


This simple procedure will make sure your PDF files will open using the user's default PDF application. 

Likewise, and considering you would like to fully extend this applicability, BindTuning's Documents web part will make sure your documents are properly stored, organized, and filtered, providing a striking and unique visual interface. 

To further leverage this same behavior, you'll need to choose how you'd like the BindTuning's Document web part to open your PDF files. To do so, 

  1. Edit your SharePoint page; 
  2. Select the Documents web part of your choosing and edit its configuration; 
  3. Under Advanced Options, change the option Open Document With to Browser


After this procedure has been performed, you'll verify that your files will automatically open using the default PDF application.



Although this constitutes the easiest necessary procedure, there are several variables that can be adjusted in order to more granularly modify this behavior (i.e, only open PDF's using the default application on your Mobile Phone), which can be further explored on the standard Microsoft Documentation

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