I am working on a team site inside SharePoint on-premises 2013. and I have a document library where i set to open the documents in the browser, as follow:-

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Now i uploaded multiple files with different formats such as; .xlsx & .vsdx & .docx & .txt & .pnp.

But i have noted the only the Excel(.xlsx) and Visio (.vsdx) will open in the browser, while the other file formats (.docx & .txt & .pnp) will show a dialog as follow when i click on them:-

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so i am not sure what control this? and is there a way to force all the file types to open in the browser? and edit them directly inside the browser?

Second question. Now even when i open the Excel and the Visio inside the browser, i can not directly edit them and save.. where i have to click on "open in excel" or "open in visio">> then edit them inside the related client application..

so i am a bot confused on what is controlling these behaviors ?

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Please install OWA services if you want to Edit or view office files in browsers, If you have excel services you can able to view Excel files but cant edit

  • Now i already have a managed service for Excel Services Application + Visio Graphics Service already configured.. but I do not have OWA .. So this mean the Excel Service+ Visio Service will ONLY allow me to view excel sheets and Visio diagrams inside the browser but do not allow me to edit them? second point now if i want OWA inside on-premises this will require additional license ,,, is this correct?
    – John John
    Sep 7, 2017 at 23:01
  • Yup, U have to install them on different server in your farm Sep 8, 2017 at 0:30
  • @johnG I would suggest to open the documents in client applications as opening in web browser restricts lot of the functions like macros. This is a future proof solution
    – Ahmad Zia
    Sep 8, 2017 at 4:48

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