SharePoint 2013 Opening PDF in Office Web App

One of my colleagues wanted to change the behavior of SharePoint 2013 so that viewing a PDF in a document library on a mobile device opened the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader rather than the Word Office Web App.

A post on the Office IT Pro blog (link) indicated that this was possible and just required us to run:

Unfortunately this didn’t work for us and when I ran Get-SPWopiBinding -Action "MobileView" -Application "WordPDF"  nothing was returned. Further investigation reveals that the MobileView action was removed from SharePoint 2013 in the October 2013 Cummulative Update[1].

Looks like changing the default behavior is going to be for all devices but I will update this post if I find out anymore.


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