SharePoint Blog – René Hézser

Office documents open read-only in SharePoint

Because there are many questions about this behavior, I want to blog about it.

You might have noticed, that if you simply click on a document, it will be opened in read-only mode. You have to use the dropdown and select “Edit in …” to open it with read-write access.

There is a Knowledgebase article available, which describes the problem and offers a solution: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/870853/en-us

To change the default behavior, you’ll have to change the registry on each client!

1 comment for “Office documents open read-only in SharePoint

  1. 7th June 2011 at 12:13

    If you read the article you will notice that it says:
    < >
    So this workarount is not for MOSS 2007..
    And if not, how do we change this behaviour?
    Cheers! Jack

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