Microsoft Teams is fully integrated with other Office applications, which means you can open your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly in the desktop app. All you need to do is select the file you want to view and then click on the “Open in desktop app” option. Unfortunately, this option doesn’t always work as intended.
For example, the app keeps asking users to sign in. No matter how many times they enter their credentials, the “Sign-in required” alert won’t disappear. Or, when users click the file link, Teams says it’s “Opening” and then “All done. You can close this file now“.
Fix: Teams Desktop App Not Opening Files
Check Your URL Protocol Settings
When you open Office files in the desktop app, Teams uses the URL protocol to open the compatible Office app. So, check your URL protocol settings and tweak them if necessary.
- Navigate to Settings, select Apps & features, and then Default apps.
- Go to Choose default apps by protocol.
- Scroll down and check if the right Office app is selected as the default app for your files.
Clear the Cache
- Close your Microsoft Teams desktop app. Right-click Teams in the icon tray and hit Quit.
- Type %appdata% in the Windows Search bar and hit Enter.
- Navigate to %appdata%\Microsoft\teams.
- Delete all files from the Teams directory and restart the app.
- Click on your profile picture and select Check for updates. Install the latest app updates if you’re running an outdated app version.
Speaking of updates, go to Settings, select Update and Security, and click on Windows Update. Hit the Check for updates button and install all the OS updates available for your machine.
If your Office files got corrupted, that might explain why you can’t open Office files in Teams. Repair your Office package and check the results.
- Launch Control Panel and select Programs.
- Then go to Programs and Features and select your Office package.
- Hit the Change button and select Quick repair. Check if the issue is gone.
- If it persists, select the Online repair option. Restart your computer if necessary.
Remove Office App Credentials
- Launch one of your Office apps and sign out of your account. Go to File, select Account, and click Sign out.
- Launch the Control Panel, navigate to the Credential Manager, and remove your Microsoft login information from Web Credentials and Windows credentials.
- Reboot your computer, launch one of your Office apps and log back in.
- Check if you can now open your Office files using the Teams desktop app.
Reinstall Office and Teams
If nothing worked, try reinstalling Office and Teams.
- Go to Control Panel, and select Uninstall a Program.
- Select Office and Teams and hit the Uninstall option.
- Then restart your computer and download Office and Teams again.
- Install the tools, log in to your account and check if you can open your files in the desktop app.
If Teams won’t open Office files in the desktop app, make sure you’re using the correct URL protocol settings. Additionally, update your Office and Teams versions, clear your Teams cache, and repair Office. If the problem doesn’t go away, reinstall your Office packages and Teams app. Which of the methods above helped you troubleshoot the issue? Let us know in the comments below.