Archive for month: September, 2012

SharePoint 2013: Replace the PDF icon

18 Sep 2012
September 18, 2012

Icon madness

I uploaded a PDF to SharePoint 2013 and noticed that the PDD icon is not the official and recognizable Adobe PDF icon. In this article I will tell you how to replace the SharePoint 2013 PDF icon.


OOTB PDF icon from SharePoint 2013

Is it a document with a belt or what ? Nevermind I don’t like it and I am very certain that most of the users out there do not recognize the icon – and that is the main purpose of the icon right?


Search result with out-of-the-box SharePoint 2013 PDF icon

With SharePoint 2010 there was no PDF support out of the box – afaik there was no icon at all. I should be happy and quite right? Nope, created a small powershell that replaced the icon (either you place it next to the script or the script downloads it from the Adobe page).

The result will look like this – way better if you ask me.


Original PDF icon – as expected!


Same icon in a document library


Powershell to the rescue – once again!

And here comes the small script:


Thats it – go try it!

As always, would love to hear your feedback.

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