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How to configure SharePoint to open documents in the desktop apps

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By default, when you click on Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files from SharePoint, they open up in the browser. That is the default experience for these file types; however, if you are going to do a lot of editing or formatting, you will need to open the Office files in their desktop app.

In this article, we will explain how to default Office files to open in the native app from SharePoint.

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.

How to open documents in the desktop app by default

You can open files in desktop app by default from SharePoint.

SharePoint Document Library

If you want to default Office files to open in desktop app for a specific document library, follow these instructions:

  1. Click Settings > Library settings.
  1. Select Advanced settings.
  1. To the right side of Opening Documents in the Browser, change the radio button to Open in the client application. Scroll down, then click OK.

SharePoint Site

If you want to default Office files to open in desktop app for the whole SharePoint site (all document libraries located on that site), follow these instructions:

  1. Click Settings > Site information.
  1. Select View all site settings.
  1. Click Site collection features.
  1. To the right of Open Documents in Client Applications by Default, click Activate button.

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

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