Always open PDF files externally

Brass Contributor

Is there a way to turn on the "Always open PDF files externally" via gpo or registry but allow users to turn off if they want?  So far all I have found is a forced on or off.



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unfortunately not, that can only be mandatory.


Supported features:
Can be mandatory: Yes
Can be recommended: No
Dynamic Policy Refresh: Yes


any updates on this post? with the actual edge-version there is still no possiblity to handle this setting as "recommended".

may i ask, how did you handle this behavior? setting the classic GPO with mandatory?

We ended up setting it as a forced setting. Not ideal but we haven't run any issues because of it.