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How to configure OneDrive to open documents in desktop apps

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By default, files in OneDrive will open in the browser version of Office apps. There comes a time when you might want to open Office files stored in OneDrive directly to the desktop applications for additional functionality like advanced formatting.

Manual once-off Option

Users can manually bypass the browser experience by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the file.
  2. Click Open.
  3. Select Open in app.

Always open in the Desktop App

Here are the steps that you can follow to set files in OneDrive to open in desktop app by default:

  1. From your OneDrive page, click Settings > OneDrive settings.
onedrive setting
  1. Click More Settings.
onedrive more setting
  1. Go to Site collection features.
onedrive site collection features
  1. Clicking Site collection features will open SharePoint’s Site Settings. To the right of Open Documents in Client Applications by Default, click the Activate button.
onedrive site settings

How to default Office files to open in the native app from SharePoint and OneDrive

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