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Microsoft 365: Open Online Office Document in the Desktop App

By May 1, 2022No Comments

I recently had an Office document shared with me and accessed it via the link in the email notification, which opened the file in the online version of Excel.  I prefer to work in the desktop app, but even I had a heck of a time figuring out how to open the file there rather than the browser! Keep reading to learn how to open an Excel/PowerPoint/Word Online document in the desktop app.
This solution ultimately is quick and easy, but I don’t think it’s very obvious!

In the file, simply look for the button that says “Editing” or “Viewing” highlighted below.  Select that, then choose “open in desktop app”.  That’s it!

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