I thought there was a way to manage ActiveX extensions on Google Chrome, specifically one that manages how Chrome handles Excel workbooks when you click on the hyperlinked title in SharePoint. Is there a way for Chrome to open Excel workbooks directly in Excel client?


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The IETab plugin runs IE in a Chrome Tab so can execute ActiveX controls.

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    This is a very good answer. However, it would be hard to manage all the users downloading IE Tab and then training on how to use it. I thought there was a way to open Excel via Chrome. Even opening a workbook in-browser with the option to send it to the client would be ok.
    – aoe2
    Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 20:06
  1. Open Chrome

  2. Put "chrome://flags/#enable-npapi" into the address bar

  3. Find the "Enable NPAPI" plug-in and enable it

  4. Select "relaunch now" at the bottom of the page

This enables the NPAPI plugins in chrome. This helped me to show Lync status in Newsfeed in Chrome, hope this works for your case too :-)


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