Open a OneDrive or SharePoint file in the Office app instead of the browser

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When you open an Office file from your OneDrive or SharePoint while signed in with a work or school account, it sometimes opens in the online version of the Office app (such as Word) instead of the desktop app. (However, you or your IT admin may have changed a setting so that files open in the desktop app.) Alternately, it may open as read-only when you want to edit the file.

To open and edit a file in the Office desktop app while in OneDrive or SharePoint:

  1. Select the file in OneDrive or SharePoint.
  2. Select the More icon Android 3 vertical dots , then select Open > Open in app.
The Open > Open in app menu option selected for a Word file in the OneDrive online portal

Classic OneDrive and SharePoint

To open and edit a file in the Office desktop app while in the Classic version of OneDrive or SharePoint:

  1. Select the file in OneDrive or SharePoint.
  2. Select the More icon The More Options button on OneDrive.com. , then select Open.
  3. Select Open in (app) (such as Open in Word).
The Open > Open in app menu option selected for a Word file in the Classic view of the OneDrive online portal

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