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3 ways to open a document in SharePoint and OneDrive

Posted on April 24, 2019

I know what you are thinking. Greg, you will show me how to open a document in SharePoint? Isn’t it common knowledge? Kind of! I am sure you know how to open a document already, but I am hoping to show you a trick that you probably did not know about.

Option 1: Open by clicking on File Name

The most obvious option is to single-click on a file name. This will open a file in a browser (by default). From there, you can edit the file either in the browser or in the native Office application.

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Option 2: Open via command menu

Another option that is available to you t open documents is to use the file command menu. You can access it by one of three ways:

1. The checkbox next to the file

open a document in SharePoint


2. Ellipsis (3 dots)

open a document in SharePoint


3. Right-click

open a document in SharePoint

From either of these options, you can choose Open in the Browser or open in the native application.

Option 3: Double-click

This is the option that is not that obvious and might be new to some. You can also open the file by just double-clicking anywhere in a row in the document library. Just like with Option 1, this will open a file in the browser.

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More reading

Since we are talking about working with MS Office files in SharePoint,  I suggest you also check out this post to learn more about the limitations of working with Office files in the browser.

About Me

I’m Greg Zelfond, a U.S. based SharePoint consultant, and I provide affordable out-of-the-box SharePoint consulting, training, and configuration assistance to small and medium-sized businesses all over the world.

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