Jul 23 2019 02:29 AM
Jul 23 2019 02:29 AM
How can we enable the Adobe Reader as the default PDF handler in Edge or disable the internal PDF viewer? We appreciate your efforts regards PDF handling, but Adobe Reader is still required in our enterprise to view PDF in browser.
Jul 24 2019 07:11 AM
There is an GPO option "Always opened PDF files externally". But in this case, the a dialog appears and the PDf file is only downloading and not downloading and open automatically.
Maybe this behaviour can be changed. If a PDF file can really treated as a download without the dialog and with download and open the file, this would be a good solution!
Jul 24 2019 10:02 PM
@stesch79 yes we would be updating the policy behavior to auto-download files. Additionally, in the downloads menu at the bottom, you can select the option to always open files in system viewer by default. With that, the files will start opening in the systems viewer.
Nov 05 2019 04:23 PM
I am also looking for additional features to be added to new Edge however I ended up using extension and it works without downloading the pdf files. At this this is my workaround until we get more features added by Microsoft.
Hope it helps.
Jan 20 2020 06:50 AM
@vygadeka What's the status of this? Has it been implemented?
I have been trying in both the Stable and Dev channels today and I still experience a popup saying the PDF reader has been disabled and that i need to click on Download now.
We would like Edge to automatically download the PDF to a temp folder (or Downloads as a start) and then automatically open the PDF with the default PDF viewer specified in Windows.
The reason we cannot use the buildin PDF reader in Edge is that all of our internal PDF documents have java-script in them (which is disabled in the buildin viewer) used by our document handling solution.
Feb 17 2020 02:07 AM
Intended behaviour for opening a link to a .pdf file would be: Download to temp & open in Adobe Reader. Preferrably without additional user interaction.
The current nag screen to download (but then open automatically) is confusing to our users.
Feb 25 2020 10:49 PM
Same question. Update?
The extra download step is confusing users and unnecessary taking up space on our storage and cloud.
Auto downloading files gets us closer. What we really want is a way to click on an online PDF link
For example https://www.irs.gov/forms-instructions
Click on form 1040 and have it open in Adobe reader, acrobat, etc. Anything but Edge.
Why do we have to download the PDF first and then change the default in teh download toolbar to automatically open it in System viewer or Adobe? Why not just open the link from the website in our choice that is not Edge.
If you have to download it then like the others said auto download it to a temp folder and then we can use the always open pic you posted.
May 01 2020 02:35 PM
Clearly someone at MS has dropped the ball here. After deploying Edge Chromium to a test set of users every single one of them is screaming for real Chrome back. They work with PDF files all day long and Edge Chromium's PDF functionality is just unacceptable. Why can't you get this working like real Chrome? For now Edge Chromium has been removed and users are back and happy with real Chrome. Slick move Microsoft. Tick users off over something that should just be logical.
May 03 2020 11:09 PM
@SpeedyThesSnail There is one: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adobe-acrobat/efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj and it works quite well.
May 03 2020 11:31 PM
@stesch79 Nice find! But as I read it, it requires Acrobat installed on the machine, and it won't work with Acrobat Reader.
Also, while this extension may help, users shouldn't be expected to install extensions just to be able to download & open a file with their usual program out of the browser. It works with other files, why not with pdf?
May 04 2020 12:33 AM - edited May 04 2020 12:34 AMSolution
@smokie128 It works with Adobe Reader, you don't need Adobe Acrobat. The cool thing is, that you the extension menu automatically pops-up and users can click to "Open in Acrobat" and it will download and open the PDF:
May 10 2020 06:33 AM
@smokie128 the ability to automatically download the files (instead of getting the popup message) has been added to Edge version 083. You can also give it a try in latest Canary version. Please let us know if that works for you.
Program/Product Manager - Microsoft Edge