#Office365Challenge – Even though we’re moving towards Office 365 / Cloud most users still have desktop versions of their Office installed, and prefer opening their documents in these as opposed to opening it in their web browser. Especially in the beginning phase of moving from file shares to SharePoint – this is something that could frustrate users.

Day: 87 of 365, 278 left
Tools: SharePoint
Description: Open behaviour for documents in SharePoint

“Opening Documents in the Browser – Specify whether browser-enabled documents should be opened in the client or browser by default when a user clicks on them. If the client application is unavailable, the document will always be opened in the browser.”

This setting can easily be changed by clicking on the Library Tab > Library Settings:

On the settings page, click on Advanced Settings and scroll down until you see the “Opening Documents in the Browser” section. If you set it to “Open in Client Application”, it will open in the user’s desktop version of office (if available):

That should solve another frustration for you.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.