Open non-office files in SharePoint 2010

Since we made the move to SharePoint 2010, we had some issues (both technical and functional) with the implementation. One of those issues was that our PDF documents could not open in a webpage. We just got the option to save the document, but not open it!

Todd Klindt just wrote a solution for this issue on his blog.

The culprit is the way SharePoint 2010 does the browser file handling. It is a setting that is set per web app.

Solution: Go to central administration – Web Application Settings. Select the web app you want to change, and click General Settings. Scroll down to the Browser File Handling block and change the setting from Strict to Permissive.

This should do the trick. If you have more web apps, you could change it via PowerShell like Todd shows on his blog.

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.


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