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Excel documents will not open in Excel application from Sharepoint

Posted on 2012-04-06
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When my users attempt to open Excel documents from the SharePoint 2010 web interface, it opens the document in the WebApp instead of the application.  Attempting to open it in the application from the web interface returns an error that Excel is not installed.

This occurs on my terminal server, which is Windows 2008R2x64
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Yagya Shree earned 500 total points
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Hi SteveKrehbiel,

Please find below information:

Office 2010 documents open in the client application instead of in the browser
Except for Excel,
the default open behavior for a site collection is to open Office 2010 documents in the client application, if the client application is installed. If the SharePoint administrator installs Office Web Apps and then the Office Web Apps feature is activated for a site collection, the default open behavior is set to open Office 2010 documents in the browser.

If the documents do not open in the browser, it could be for the following reasons:

The Office Web Apps feature is not activated for the site collection in which the document resides.


The Open Documents in Client Applications by Default feature is activated for the site collection in which the document resides.


To resolve this error, do the following:

Verify that the Office Web Apps feature is activated for the site collection in which the document resides. For information about how to activate the Office Web Apps feature for the site in which the document resides, see Activate the Office Web Apps feature in Deploy Office Web Apps (Installed on SharePoint 2010 Products).


Verify that the Open Documents in Client Applications by Default feature is not activated for the site collection in which the document resides. For information about the Open Documents in Client Applications by Default feature, see Configure the default open behavior for browser-enabled documents (Office Web Apps).

Refer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh269604.aspx#bkmk_OpenInClientNotBrow
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