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Friday, January 31, 2014

You receive a "Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing" error when you try to edit a Word document in Office Web Apps

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You receive a "Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing" error when you try to edit an Office document in Office Web Apps and the primarily the reason is UPA not synced correctly with Active Directory User groups as described here.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2908321

However, I want to bring one more aspect where editing word documents was not working in my SharePoint environment and was failing withe the same message “Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing” and it turned out that I had disabled co-authoring on my web application which led to this behaviour.

Make sure that co-authoring is enabled and you will not get this error while editing in office web apps.

SPWebApplication.DisableCoauthoring = false;

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