Requests for correction on behavior to open in edit mode of SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business due to specification changes on MC 1
When opening Word, Excel, PowerShell files of SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business in Office Online with MC 131670 published in Message Center, it opened directly in edit mode.
As usual, please restore it so that it can be opened in viewing mode by default.
Or, add setting items so that you can select edit mode or viewing mode as the default value.
Please have this feature ASAP. Too many unintented alterations to important files. Drives the internal audits crazy.
stupid behaviour it is to have edit-mode as default! And crazy that this default cannot be changed. Even crazier that MS ssems since 3 year to ignore this uservoice
Just moved from SharePoint on-site and the default open for Word documents was read mode and can choose if want to edit. Now on line default is edit mode, not as good for reading as the "reading view". I can edit the query on the URL changing "action=default" to "action=view" to get the result I want. I can't find where to make this the default.
Honest John commented
It must be a configurable option - preferably file by file - to open in edit or view mode. It is ludicrous to think that the only files ever stored on Sharepoint are intended to be editable. That would be seriously limiting the scope of your own platform.
please allow option to open documents read only or turn off "auto sync" as I regularly just want to view what others have added to shared documents without the intention to edit it and it is too easy to modify documents by mistake which only causes confusion why documents were changed without any reason
Amazing feature request
Beth Beck commented
Please change the default behavior to allow Edit or View on a library by library basis. A major issue I've run into is when using Power Automate (Flow) action "Update file properties", I constantly received The file "https://<mycompanysite>/sites/<libraryname>/FileNameTEST.docx" is locked for shared use by... So anyone could have the file open and I need to update properties of that file such as Status choices or Approval Notes. In this case, the Flow will fail unless you have a workaround, such as another step after it - configure run after set to "Is Successful" or "Has failed".
Yes. We must be able to open in viewing mode. Thanks.
Michael P. commented
As previous comments have said, at least provide admins an option to change what the default behavior is, instead of changing it on us with no option to revert. Unacceptable.
Please apply this to OneNote as well.
Mike Richards commented
Please fix this absurd behaviour asap, the constant accidental altering of files or even just modified dates with the combination of default edit and auto save seems like a pretty poor trade off against simply having to click edit before changing a document.
Paolo Tomasi commented
The current behaviour is plainly stupid, Microsoft. Are you jusy trying to increase the number of versions, so you can charge more for storage space?!? The default behaviour by site MUST become customizable, particularly as opening in view mode WAS the default until quite recently!!! And it worked perfectly.
Janet Henry commented
When is this going to be addressed? This has been on their radar for two years now and no response from the team? They need to make it an administrator setting for the sites, this is a disastrous set up.
Marie Kennison commented
Change to view by default. Can edit when needed.
Please allow the SharePoint Administrator to "choose" an option to have Word documents open in full view or edit view. When you use the "Share" feature to send a word document and an end user opens it they see the edit view and have to click on view and then again click on reading view to see it displayed with the header and footer. It is not professional looking to send a document in "edit view" and force my end users to complete two more steps. This should be an easy fix. Headers and footers for Procedures hold valuable information that needs to be seen.
This odd feature of opening in edit makes it really hard to keep track of versions, and is confusing to users who are just trying to look at a document (probably this is the case vast majority of the time). Should open in read only and the user given the option to change to edit mode.
Without a doubt, these files should open as read only by default. Users most often just want to view the contents of the files without editing. When the file opens in edit mode, by default, it saves the item as a new version, records your name as the modifier, even if no changes were made. Not efficient from a compliance perspective.
Yes please, change to 'viewing mode' by default.
I just spent a week with MS Support due to our auditing showing a significant increase in edits due to all documents being opened in edit mode online. Most edits were accidental / unintentional. To add to the user confusion, documents now open with no header or footer. Supports official response:
We can achieve it using the "Protect Document" option.
1. Open SharePoint document
2. Click on File > Info
3. Select "Protect Document".
Currently, we do not have any option/setting to apply protected view for specific site or to whole tenant.
We are now looking at the very painful proposition of migrating back to on-prem servers which do not have this particular “feature”.
Not sure how or why MS thought this was a good feature. Needs to be remediated ASAP.
Yes @Eris S, this is a duplicate of https://sharepoint.uservoice.com/forums/329214-sites-and-collaboration/suggestions/34659826-add-documentlibrary-setting-for-opening-in-view-or
These should be combined.