As written in title, I'm looking for a way to set the initial option to "Check out and edit" instead of "read-only" when I open a document in document library.

Going around many sites, I can not get any idea about it. Hope someone can help me.


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You could require checkout on edit in the library itself.

Here's how:

  1. Go to the library you want to apply this to.
  2. Go to the Library tab -> Library Settings
  3. Go to Versioning Settings
  4. Require Check Out -> Click YES.
  • Thanks for your reply, but what I want to do is not to force user to check out document on edit. I already configured as you say, and when I click document link in document library, a dialog will be shown with two option; "read-only" or "check-out and edit". the default is set to "read-only" but I want to set "check-out and edit" as default. Do you have any idea?
    – Toste
    Dec 29, 2012 at 0:18

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