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Does anyone know how to ensure that when you click on a link to a document in a library on Sharepoint, the document always opens in the desktop version of the app? I have Word documents containing process maps (from Powerpoint) with many links, which don't work when opened in the default app.  

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There is a feature in SharePoint called "Open Documents in Client Applications by Default".
Activate under Site Collection Feature


@NicolasKheirallah many thanks. I’ll give that a try. DJ

If it doesn't work on the links, or if it's links outside of SharePoint etc. You need to hardcode the link to open when the app:

ms-word:ofe|u| yourlink

I've got a blogpost that explains it in more detail

@DJ132004 Set below settings for your document library from Library settings > Advanced settings: 


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