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Can you co-author a document using SharePoint Web Services if the user chooses “Edit in Excel”

Posted on 2016-10-01
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If multiple users opens an Excel document from SharePoint via the SharePoint Excel Web App and then they choose the button "Edit in Excel" my assumption is all users can still make changes simultaneously.

I have read that this is not possible if the spreadsheet is opened via the client.

When they click on Edit in Excel is this opening the workbook on the client and co-authoring is therefore not possible ?
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by:Jamie McAllister MVP
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The other Office documents would be fine using the client for co-editing, but not Excel. For excel you need to be editing via the browser for co-editing to work. The experience for that is OK in 2013 and better in 2016 using Office Online Server.
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Is there some way I can force Edit in Excel not be view-able then so they can only edit in the browser...
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I should mention there's something I have seen work here. Leaving aside co-editing it is possible to Share a spreadsheet and allow multiple editors even when stored in SharePoint.

It's on the Review tab in Excel, and you click Share Workbook on the ribbon.

As I say it's not using the co-editing feature and is just streating SharePoint like a fileshare, but it does allow multiple editors.
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by:upobDaPlaya
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Excellent..thx
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