Office Web Apps - creating new documents


The Office Web Apps allow users without Microsoft Office installed to display or work on Word, Excel or PowerPoint files from the browser. It is a separate installation to your SharePoint Farm and controllable by two Site Collection Features:

Office Web Applications Site Collection Features

When active it will render Office 2007/2010 file formats in the browser, without any requirement to a locally installed Office suite.

Excel Web Application

As you notice in the screen there’s no obvious way to create a new document, spreadsheet or presentation. So how would that work ?

The ‘New’ button on libraries has both functionalities; when a local installation of Office is found it will open up the corresponding application, else it will navigate to a page for creating a new file directly from the browser.

Word Web Application:

Word Web Application - New document

Word Web Application - New document (bis)

If you’re using a modified document template, the new document will be based on the modified template.

Excel Web Application:

Excel Web Application - New spreadsheet

If you’re using a modified spreadsheet template, the new document will NOT be based on that.

PowerPoint Web Application:

PowerPoint Web Application - New presentation

PowerPoint Web Application - New presentation (bis)

If you’re using a modified presentation template, the new presentation will be based on the modified template.

It’s a shame Excel behaves differently, but other than that it’s a really nice feature !

 


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