Open in Review Mode for Word on the web


Hello Tech Community,


@Georges Krinker and I wanted to reach out and get your feedback on a new feature that is rolling out for OneDrive, SharePoint and Word! We’re excited to release a new capability that allows you to share a Word document that forces recipients into Review mode (where they can make comments and tracked changes only).


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When users share a Word document, you’ll find a new option in the Link Settings page to enable the Open in Review mode feature.


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This feature is only supported for Word on the web at this time. Users who open links with these settings in the Word desktop app will see a bar across the top of the client letting them open the file in Word on the web to leave behind tracked changes and comments.


Open in Review Mode for Word on the web is currently available in First Release and we’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts!


Stephen Rice

Senior Program Manager, OneDrive

8 Replies

Thank you, it's a great feature but sadly, I don't see it appearing / only allow editing@Stephen Rice 

Hi @Padmakara,


This feature is still rolling out so you should be seeing it in your organization soon! Thanks!

Stephen Rice

Senior Program Manager, OneDrive

@Stephen Rice this is a very nice feature. Do you have an idea when this feature will also become available for Word app? 

Hi @IhabKhiri,


We don't have a timeline yet for when this will be available for the Word desktop apps. Thanks!

Stephen Rice

Senior Program Manager, OneDrive

Hi @Stephen Rice, Has this feature in Word online been made available now for users having access to targeted release?  

Hi @Samuel_Christa,


We unfortunately don't have the ability to flight this feature per user so it is currently rolled out to about 50% of Production (which may or may not include the targeted release users). If it is in your organization, it will show up in the share dialog experiences in OneDrive and SharePoint web. Thanks!


Stephen Rice

Senior Program Manager, OneDrive

@Stephen Rice This feature simply must be rolled out into the thick client. Lack thereof is causing chaos with city councilmembers and other high-level users who need access to the advanced formatting features of the desktop software without being forced to turn off tracked changes. I seriously wonder what the benefit is supposed to be with the way it's currently set up. Things like this are what keep me from getting the buy-in from the senior staff and what prevents us from being able to use Sharepoint to its potential. Whoever I need to beg for this, and all future features, to be integrated both for OWA and for thick client - please consider them begged. 

Hi @Youre_joking_right - thanks for the feedback and I'm excited to announce that the ability to open a document in review mode is starting to release to Production Current Channel users on Word for Windows and Word for Mac. This feature is already available to all Insiders users, and we expect that all Production Current Channel users should have access in the next couple of months as the rollout progresses.