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SharePoint 2010 - Working with Microsoft Office Applications
This article explains how SharePoint 2010 is integrated with Office 2010 and allows for direct editing of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in the browser environment.
SharePoint 2010 works best with Microsoft Office 2010 applications and Internet Explorer version 7 and higher. Using SharePoint with older versions of Microsoft Office is limited in functionality, but you should still be able to open and edit your documents in SharePoint.
On the image below, you can see multiple types of Office documents uploaded into the Shared Document library, including Word documents, a PowerPoint presentation, an Excel spreadsheet, and an Access database. Each of these can be edited from SharePoint, but each works a bit differently.
To work with these documents, you'll mainly use the drop-down menu. When you point to the document a drop-down arrow appears and you can choose from a list of options.
Note: When sending a link via email to a document stored on the SharePoint website, the users need to have permission to view that specific site.
Because of the integration between SharePoint and Microsoft Office applications, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files can be opened and edited directly in the browser. Editing in the browser provides many of the same functions as the application. While editing in the browser, there's no need to save changes that you make; changes are automatically saved as you make them. To make changes to an Access database, the application must be used; there is no browser editing version.
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