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PDF Viewer: invalid pdf structure



I am trying to get the pdf viewer to work using a pdf that Excel 2016 has created. I just keep getting this message...


PDF.js v1.4.139 (build: 56f5c3a)
Message: Invalid PDF structure


can anyone help with this?




Hi Karlkeegan,


I tested with OneDrive and Dropdown box, but I got the result with “Invalid PDF structure”. So I guess that the PDF files saved in OneDrive and Dropdown box are not supported.


Best regards,
Mabel Mao

Community Support Team _ Mabel Mao
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Hi Karl,


It looks like most of the services don't provide direct access to the file when sharing them through links. I did find some documentation on how to get that direct link in Dropbox. You need to add ?dl=1 at the end of the url. Here is a reference to the help article:


Hope that works for you - I tried and it does the trick.


Best regards,






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Hi Karlkeegan 


I had this issue before and what fixed it for me is making sure the permission is set to public. Powerapps won't show pdf's that is not on a public location or open to the public. I placed my pdf on my onedrive and changed the permission settings. 


Hope this helps



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Dropbox usually gives your a public link to a file with "dl=0" parametr in the end, if you change it to "raw=1" you'll get a raw file which will be accessible without any autorisation. The problem is that even this type of link doesn't work in PDF control

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