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Does anyone have any idea why using the link on excel opens the file as read-only mode? How can I change the behavior to open as Edit mode?

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I checked almost all of the Document Library settings, but so far no luck.

Thank you for reading

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Try this:

Assuming you are using SharePoint 2010, go to your document library's Settings, then click Advanced Settings. Find the option for "Default open behavior for browser-enabled documents", and select "Open in the client application". Now, when a user clicks on the document name to open it, they will be able to see that they can edit it and select the "edit" option from the prompt (assuming you are using IE). Here is what that should look like:

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Hello Alex, The "Open in the client application" was already the current setting. The problem I am having is that when the user clicks the link-->opens excel file-->make one change-->Save. It says that the file is read only. But if the user goes "Edit in Microsoft Excel" everything just works as expected. –  MicroSumol Jan 28 '13 at 23:06
    
If you use the method that I showed above and select "edit" after clicking on the document link in the Library, I don't see how it could say the file is read only if you open it in edit mode. No need to use the dropdown and select "Edit in Microsoft Excel". –  Alex Jan 28 '13 at 23:10
    
But that windows is not showing up on Excel 2010. I tried 2 different machines. –  MicroSumol Jan 29 '13 at 18:27
    
It's not part of Excel. I am also on Excel 2010. I think you need to configure your Internet Explorer security settings to prompt for this. –  Alex Jan 29 '13 at 18:39
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See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2661910/en-us. User may need to have their SharePoint Server Admin make some changes in SharePoint Central Administration.

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Please update your answer with more details. What changes need to be made etc.? If the link you provided in your answer breaks in the future, your answer will not be very useful. –  Phil Greer May 13 at 20:38
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The setting you want is in Excel, not in SharePoint. Excel will, by default, open documents in Protected View from potentially unsafe locations (that includes SharePoint, but doesn't include local or network drives).

In Excel 2013, the option is in File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Protected View. You'll want to uncheck the box that says Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations. Depending on your network setup, the setting might be Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet.

Excel Trust Center > Protected View

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I would try adding my SharePoint URL to the trusted sites and Intranet sites list in IE settings. This would remove the window Alex was referring to and allow the user to see a yellow bar at the top of the Excel window that allows them to edit the document.

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