Open in Desktop Apps

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Is there any plan to add the ability to open office documents in the native desktop apps by default vs having to open in teams editor, and then open in word or excel for example?

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This is a good idea but that assumes that everyone will have some version of Word/Excel/PowerPoint installed on their computer already which won't be the case, especially with users of the free version of Teams. I suppose there could be a configuration setting that would allow users to choose this but not sure if that is in consideration at the moment by the Teams dev team, maybe someone from there can respond.

Here is the UserVoice item you'll want to vote on to create your personal default to open your documents in the native apps: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/32628085-setting-to-always-ope...

 

I urge you to vote that up and add other product feedback you have around Teams at : http://aka.ms/teamsfeedback any time.  Thank you!

This is in our backlog but we are not actively working on this . Please unvote on the uservoice to bubble this up in the priority order.

@Daniel R. Gentile 

There is a workaround for this.  When you are in teams right click the 3 dots next to General and click "open in sharepoint"

When in Sharepoint online click on the gear next to your picture or initials (in the top right of the screen)

Click on Library settings

Select Advanced Settings in General Settings

In "Opening Documents in the Browser" Change to Open in the client application

Go back to the documents in Sharepoint online and copy and paste the entire web address

Go Back to Teams

Right Click Documents Library and select Remove

Select the plus and select website

Name it whatever you like

Paste the document library web address you just copied

Select Save

It will now open the desktop app as default

 

 

@ahilburn2019  Hello, I've tried your sugestion, but in my case I couldn't make it work in Microsoft Teams, it only worked in a browser in sharepoint online.

But I think it's really important to give the users this choice.