Open in Word/Excel/PowerPoint as Default
It would be great if Teams would have the ability to always launch the desktop app when opening Office documents as opposed to launching the online version.
Rest of teams is awesome.
Thank you for your continued feedback. The feature team is actively working on this feature as well as doing work to give users the choice to open Word/Excel/PowerPoint files by default in Browser, Office app or inside the Teams app. We will share an update here as soon as one is available.
I signed up for UserVoice just to vote on this.
Every time I edit any file in teams, I have to take three steps. (1) Go to file in Teams. Let it load. (2) Click open in desktop app. Let that load. (3) Let it re-load in Teams (e.g., Excel) and then click "Close." If I want to view two shared spreadsheets, I'm basically loading files six times to compare them in Excel.
Please enable this to be one step - open directly in the desktop application.
This really need this to be made a priority. This change will improve efficiency of work as many times I find that I am within MS Team trying to balance calls, chats and review a document. Its a bit frustrating when I have to reopen a document if I happen to address a chat, etc.
I Moore commented
It is frustrating not to be able to change the default for opening a file using the app instead of browser or Teams. Really really frustrating!
Khagesh Pathak commented
Can't wait to see this idea becoming reality! It will be a big time-saver and will avoid frustration.
Callum Neil commented
another comment! Please do this!
Anthony nz commented
Great, it takes Microsoft 4 years to provide basic functionality that Windows has built in already.
Good to see so much development and resources pumped into a dead horse Microsoft. All these productivity apps worked perfectly fine separately - Word, Excel, SharePoint, Skype for Business - then you go and try and put an insecure shim over it built on an out of date release of electron for no real purpose that anyone can see other than to make peoples lives difficult.
Unless the new Teamsbook devices are about to be released... get ready Chromebook, Microsoft is about to make you look like a superstar :D
Seems like the only functionality Microsoft release quickly these days is 0-days because they have no quality control and are crowd sourcing their bug fixing.
This new feature allows users to set a default of browser, desktop or Teams when opening Office files (Word, Excel, and Power Point) that are shared in Teams.
The desktop setting can be selected if the user has Office version 16 or newer installed and activated.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82662.
When this will happen:
Targeted Release: We will begin rolling this out in end July and expect to complete by end of August
Standard: We will begin rolling this out in mid-August and expect to complete by late September
GCC: We will begin rolling this out in early September and expect to complete by early October
GCC High: We will begin rolling this out in early September and expect to complete by early October
DOD: We will begin rolling this out in early September and expect to complete by early October
How this will affect your organization:
To change your default setting, go to your profile picture then select Settings > General >. Scroll to the bottom of the general section to Files. There’s a dropdown menu where you can choose between Teams, Desktop app, and Browser. The default location is the Teams app. The option to choose Desktop app is only available when using the Teams desktop app for Windows or macOS and only applies to that device. If you’re only using Teams on the web, you’ll be able to choose between Teams and Browser.
You can manually choose where a file is opened without changing your default setting by going to the file and selecting More options … > Open in.Option to choose where file is opened
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Additionally, within the manual selection page, you have the option to change the default settings that will apply to the overall setting for opening the Office files.
Change default setting
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What you need to do to prepare:
You need to ensure that this information is communicated within your organization and ensure all users have Office version 16 or newer installed and activated.
I think its finally happening!
I completely agree that this function enabling a standard opening in the desktop app is highly required. I know why MS has purposely not implemented this, but it is a BIG pain in every day work. Please implement.
Barbi Wahl commented
Any update on the progress for this change? It impacts productivity so would think it would be high priority. Thanks!
Hans Hoffmann commented
Please get this feature in Teams soon. Been there for a long time in SharePoint - Youn have been working on it for more than 2 years, how hard can it be?
7761 votes since September and still no update? This issue is getting so frustrating!
Is there an update on this feature coming to fruition?
Brian Lee commented
Opening documents by default in Teams makes it cumbersome to work on more than one document at a time.
Opening documents by default in desktop app (or in browser) would make it much easier to multitask.
Stephen Cunliffe commented
Please don't just make this a choice, but more importantly make it the default.
Chris Cattermole commented
Any document with Forms Controls displays with errors - please fix this soon!
Any official update on this?
Madhan Raj Jeyapragasam commented
Need the 'Open in Desktop App' as the default. Opening in 'Teams' app has feature restriction and navigation challenges
Chris M commented
Happy one month anniversary of this feature being in release notes for current channel.
This is a "no brainer" and should have been available years ago.