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Consider a Word document in SharePoint. I've created this .doc using Word 2007 on a Windows 7 machine. I've then uploaded the document to the SharePoint directory.


Editing that document brings the problem. We're presented next with a non-descriptive message box:

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The document could not be edited. The required application may not be installed properly, or the requested document cannot be opened.

I don't think Office is installed improperly. I've actually used this installation of Word to create the document to begin with.

Workarounds Tried:

  • 'Repair' Microsoft Office. No different results.
  • Open the document normally from SharePoint, just clicking on the document. The Save dialog doesn't show the SharePoint folder at all, but my Win7 Library instead.


How can you edit a document in SharePoint using Office 2007 and Windows 7? Is this an Internet Explorer setting?

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It turns out the .doc file extension was associated with WordPad, rather than Word. Saving the document as .docx and re-submitting to Sharepoint was the solution to my problem here.

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