Microsoft Teams testing option to save clicks when opening Office documents
Teams public preview can save you a few clicks if you prefer to always use the same type of Office app.
What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams public preview now has an option to open Office documents in the Office desktop apps by default.
- Previously, Teams would open Office files directly within the app and then provide an option to open them on the desktop or web Office apps.
- People can now choose between having Office documents open in Teams, the web, or the Office desktop apps.
Microsoft is testing a new option for Teams that gives people more of a choice regarding opening Office documents. The public preview version of Microsoft Teams now allows people to open Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in the desktop versions of the apps by default. Before this change, Teams would open Office documents within Teams and then show the option to open them in the web or desktop Office apps.
Microsoft explains the feature in a Tech Community post:
This feature should save people a few clicks, especially if they always want to open a document in a specific version of an Office app.
The option has been available in Teams public preview since July 23, 2021 but was highlighted by a Microsoft engineer in a UserVoice forum (via MSPU).
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