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Microsoft 365: Open Online Office Document in the Desktop App

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!

Megan Hagedorn

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