Change Document Open Behaviour In Sharepoint 2010

Sharepoint can set the Document Handling to be a little restrictive, requiring the user to download the doc first. This can present a 'User Experience' problem.

Luckily, the solution is over at

"The solution is to change Browser File Handling property on Web Application level. For that you need to be a Farm Administrator. Steps to change Browser File Handling property:

  • Go to SharePoint 2010 Central Administration > Application Management > Manage Web Applications
  • Select the row of your web application
  • Click General Settings in the ribbon
  • Scroll down to Browser File Handling and select Permissive
  • Click Ok