Add option to choose default behaviour of document opening in Office Online
At the moment option to open documents in edit mode by default is probably ok for most of the users with small documents, but in case that user really need just a quickly check some data in a large document that works too slow. I would like to have option to change default behavior on this. Ideally on document library level.
Thanks for the feedback! We’ll take this into consideration.
In the meantime, if you’d like to quickly check a large document, you can right-click on the file in OneDrive or SharePoint and click “Preview”. This should address your scenario.
Alex Martelli commented
There are use cases in which being able to set default opening mode is even more important than just speeding this up. Right now I'm being the tech reviewer for a book that is now a collection of online Office docs, one per chapter. Each time I open a chapter I absolutely must remember to immediately switch mode from the default "Edit" into "Review", otherwise any changes I propose to the text just happen instead of showing up as suggestions to the author -- eep! (With your competitor, Google Docs, it's easy to make a link that opens a document online in "comment" mode, equivalent to your "review" mode, so you can give this high priority since it's a matter of gaining feature parity with your competition!-)
we need this as well...files with headers, or tex boxes, images, table of contents, etc, don't function or look really bad in edit mode. we want the end user to initially see the file in read only, and click edit only if they need to edit the document. And yes, being able to define this at the library level would be ideal.
Co Do Thao commented
Hi Sami, most of the documents we host on Sharepoint are really meant to be read-only. As an admin to many of our Sharepoint libraries, it's easy for me to accidentally make unintentional changes when the default for Office Online is Edit mode. The previous setup on Office Online was better when all documents open quickly in Preview mode with an option to edit. I don't even know whose stupid idea it was to have documents open in Edit mode with Office Online.
Does the document's "modiffied By" metadata property would keep on changing to the name of whosoever opens the document with the default edit mode behaviour now
bob smaith commented