The document could not be opened for editing. A Microsoft SharePoint foundation compatible application could not be found to edit the document

Problem: 
When trying to edit an Excel sheet from SharePoint 2010 document library, user received this error message – “The document could not be opened for editing. A Microsoft SharePoint foundation compatible application could not be found to edit the document”

The document could not be opened for editing. A Microsoft SharePoint foundation compatible application could not be found to edit the document

Troubleshooting Check List:

As the error message says, You must have Microsoft Excel installed in your client machine first! Follow this check list if you’re still getting this issue:

  • Download and install the Hotfix as in Microsoft KB: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2823322, applicable when SharePoint 2010 with Office 2013 installed in client machines.
  • Make sure you are using 32 bit of “Internet Explorer” (c:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe) browser (not Google Chrome or Firefox!)
  • Make sure the “SharePoint OpenDocuments Class” add-on is enabled in Internet Explorer’s manage Add-ons page! Also, under the “SharePoint open document class”, click on “More information” then click the “Allow on all sites” button.
    sharepoint opendocuments class
  • Try re-registering “owssupp.dll” file  – run “Regsvr32 owssupp.dll”

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

One thought on “The document could not be opened for editing. A Microsoft SharePoint foundation compatible application could not be found to edit the document

  • April 7, 2018 at 7:25 PM

    Hi

    I am facing this error for just one site hosted in our one premise server. All other sites are working fine, so i assume there is no issue with my office installation. What should I check in server end? Any idea

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