I have a client still running a SharePoint Server 2010 on-prem, so opening documents from a library in MS Office applications only works with IE and the ActiveX controls which SP2010 incorporates.

Since SharePoint 2013 and above have a fallback mechanism for non-IE browsers to use MS Office URI schemes (ms-word:, ms-excel: etc.), I was wondering if there's any possibility (is there a SP solution around or the like?) to have this in SharePoint 2010 as well.

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you can use for Chrome this extension IE Tab it will open tab as Internet Explorer so you can use here ActiveX controls.

It should help. We haven't installed SP2010 so I can not test it.

  • While I have found this as a workaround in quite a lot of answers, that's not exactly what I'm looking for since some of my users just "want it running" without having to install and configure a browser extension..
    – Nico R
    Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 9:03
  • So there is no way how to achieve it, ActiveX controls are only in Internet Explorer and they are used for openning 'View in Explorer'. Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 9:15

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