Anonymous co-authoring

David 20 Reputation points
2023-10-07T13:00:04.66+00:00

I have a word document that can be co-authored in Sharepoint 2016. When accessing the document it shows me who is working on the document and where they are editing. Is there any way to disable this feauture so that users are still allowed to co-auther but not see specifically who else is working on a documemt or where they are working on the document. Basically anonymous co-authoring.

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  1. Haoyan Xue_MSFT 20,906 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-10-09T06:58:46.83+00:00

    Hi @David ,

    Oh, I'm really sorry. I ignored your last sentence and misunderstood your problem. I apologize again.

    Your problem is that you want to use anonymous co-authoring in SharePoint 2016 documents. However, in sharepoint, there is no such setting. I searched a lot of documents did a lot of researches. And I helped you consult with our technical support engineers who focus on Office. His reply was that when you start collaborating together, you must log in to your account, so anonymous access cannot be achieved based on co-authoring. And I feel regretful to inform you that it turns out to be a by-design one.


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  1. Haoyan Xue_MSFT 20,906 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-10-09T02:40:29.7133333+00:00

    Hi @David ,

    Understanding that you need to disable co-authoring in SharePoint 2016.

    There are several methods for you to choose from:

    • Turn off co-authoring by using Group Policy: User's image
    • Turn off co-authoring for Word documents and PowerPoint presentations at the web service level by using Windows PowerShell (save as script and run script): User's image
    • Turn off co-authoring for Word documents and PowerPoint presentations at the web application level by using Windows PowerShell (save as script and run script)

    For more detail information, Please refer to this article:https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/SharePoint/governance/disable-co-authoring

    If you have any questions during the operation, please feel free to contact me, I hope my answer has provided you with a little help.


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