Default to edit view
It is very confusing to see a document open and not be able to edit it. Most text editors default to editing, so this one should also
Thanks for the feedback!
When you open documents that you own in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, we now open in edit mode by default. Documents shared with you still open in Reading View. We are in the process of rolling out default-to-edit for SharePoint libraries, stay tuned! :)
Alex Sampedro commented
Agree this was a bad change. SharePoint Site owners should have the ability to choose the default view for opening documents online from the library, and especially on Communication sites, the default should always be the Reading View.
Have to agree that this is a bad change... we need the ability to choose the default for a library. Where team collaboration and easy editing is beneficial then opening in edit mode is great. But where we want to keep files intact and more carefully control changes, then seeing a new version is available when it has autosaved without any actual changes is confusing to users.
Hey - default edit mode is the worst change I have seen. It takes ages to load and the reading view in 90% cases is what users expect to see after clicking the document. Please change it or give user an option to choose what he prefers.
[Deleted User] commented
I agree, administrators or users should be allowed to choose if they want to open word docs in the browser by default to edit mode or reading mode. Reading mode is often sufficient, and the layout is more correct then in de edit mode.
I DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE EDITING MODE !
PLEASE GIVE A CHOICE OF HOW YOU WANT YOUR FILES TO OPEN
I'm in agreement with the comments below. This is a poorly thought out change. Our publishers are now inadvertently creating new versions of tightly controlled documents, just by clicking the link to view them. Please make this a per library or per tenant configuration so we can choose what is best for our business users.
Omar El-Anis commented
Automatically switching the default open behavior to edit mode without giving admins the option of setting it back to read mode is ridiculous and is causing endless headaches for us. For those in SharePoint using metadata linked word documents (like a lot of what we do) this is causing the documents to not show the data anymore as it isn't supported in Word Online, this means users now have to open the files in the Word app just to view the content. Making such a big change without testing the ramifications and providing users with the choice of keeping or switching to the new edit mode was a bad idea - usually changes in SharePoint are given the option of moving/enabling any new features, what happened?
Same Problem here! Please Microsoft, change this back or give us an option to choose, what the default opening option is: write protected or not.
Bernd Schneider commented
What a mess: Microsoft changed this behavior! Now, if you are working in a workgroup and somebody clickes in an Excel cell, the document is changed and everybody who uses notification gets a message!
Please Microsoft, change this Bach or give us an option to chose, what the default opening option is: write protected or not.
Mike Honey commented
-1 vote from me. In combination with forced Autosave, this change has created a nightmare scenario for users, and is surely generating vast amounts of redundant copies of files in Microsoft's data centres. This product is now unusable. If you want to change critical default settings like this, you must include user and admin controls and leave the defaults set as previously/opt-in.
David Isaac commented
OOPS! Someone neglected the effect on version management. Now documents open by default in edit mode, and autosaves are generating hundreds of versions when people open a file just to view it!! We can't tell when the last real change was made. Please ensure we can still have documents open in view mode by default!!
Naeem Rahiminejad commented
I think admins need to have control on this option. Not all Office 365 admins want to have Office Online docs open in edit mode by default. I want to choose which mode will be the standard for the tenant. And also be able to switch from mode.
Tim Schurr commented
If I'm able to edit it, just drop me straight in. If I'm unable to edit, then just default me to view mode.
There's a common thread in UserVoice for Word Online and for Microsoft Teams where users have taken the time and effort to give you feedback about what your products really do need to offer in order to be competitive, but you take a stupidly long time to respond.
If your Word Online users are constantly telling you to basically 'do it like Google Docs' does and your Teams users keep telling you that Slack is the UX to strive for then you are just going to annoy them even more if you more at this glacial pace.
The reason companies want a Microsoft option in these spaces is that they expect you to do a better job than Google or Slack are perceived to do around privacy and data ownership. If you take so long to offer up any form of usable software then the customers will eventually give up and figure out how they can get away with a perceived lower level of privacy /security.
God help teams if Slack, for example, offers a 'virtual private' version of their product - your window will have closed permanently.
Sorry for the rant but please, please move faster.
Should be accessible just like regular word, because many of us don't have time to be on our computers. Most of us are on the go. It's difficult when you do not have the same options and you need to take time of your day to go onto a computer and change the document the way you want it.
c b commented
How about if you get rid of the nasty animations and transition effects which slow it down, and make it work as RELIABLY and as FAST as Google Docs?
And how about that nasty bug where you can't actually highlight and select what to copy, but it only allows you to copy an entire line in the document!! ???
It's quite bad at allowing multiple people edit the documents when you compare that feature with Google Docs which you should require your team to do so they can get a feel for what they should be aiming for as the LOW BAR to set. Then after you've achieved that BASELINE, then go beyond it and make it standout being from Microsoft. But for now, the only thing standing out is how slow, clunky, unreliable, and counter intuitive it is. This goes the same for Excel and Outlook. I often just have to go to Google Spreadsheets because it's just so much damn quicker, especially with people opening the links to get in. The Extra step of having to Edit the doc instead of just opening it right in Edit mode is really not worth anything.
Thanks for your feedback! Word Online already supports document sharing and co-authoring by multiple people, you can try it by clicking on the Share button on the top-right of the site. We are also constantly improving our feature set and performance in order to meet our customers need. If there is a particular feature or functionality you would like to see available in Word Online please let us know!
In my perspective they should makes their online products user friendly with all their features included as it would be on word if they let those who purchase mircosoft 365 have the same features online.
True, Their features need to update. Sharing a document has to be easy and available to all, just like google. They need to make their online products more user friendly, just like their products.
Word Online needs to be up to date. Everyone these days are using Google to share and make changes to documents at the same time. Microsoft word online, takes longer to load compare to google and theres less features.