SharePoint 2010 opening PDF in browser

After migrating from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, users complained that they whenever they click on PDF they are seeing save as dialog whereas they could open PDFs directly browser in SharePoint 2007. I found out that there is an option for browser file handling in Central Administration, Web Application General Settings and Browser File Handling which was set to Strict, it add headers to force the browser to download file, setting it to Permissive allowed the users to view PDF directly in browser again.

Following are some useful resources on tech net for more details

Configure settings for a Web application (SharePoint Server 2010)

SharePoint 2010 Browser File Handling Deep Dive


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