SharePoint Online: Link to Force Download a Document Instead of Open

Requirement: Force download a file instead of opening in SharePoint Online.

SharePoint Online: URL to Document Download Instead of Open
Documents linked in SharePoint Online pages, navigation menu, lists, etc. opens in the browser (or in client application!) directly either in Read-only mode or in Edit mode, based on user permissions. What if you want to force downloading a file, instead of opening it in the browser? Well, here are some ways to generate a link that downloads the document directly.

Option 1: Use the format: https://<yourdomain><yoursite>/_layouts/download.aspx?SourceUrl=<document-URL>


When a user clicks on the link, It downloads the file instead of open!

Option 2: Use to "Copy link" Option to get the link to document and append "&download=1"
Just navigate to the document library where your documents are located, Select the file and click on "Copy link" button in the ribbon >> Copy the URL and append "&download=1" to it.


sharepoint online document download instead of open
This URL directly links to document the download in SharePoint Online.


  1. Hi, i can't get this to work every time, only occasionally, any suggestions as to what i might be doing wrong?

  2. I can't get it to work either, maybe they updated something and this method no longer works. Article is a year old as of this comment.

  3. Copy the URL and append "?&download=1" to copied URL then it going to work.


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