Kahootz includes direct editing features for Microsoft Office documents - instead of the usual web workflow of downloading, editing, saving to local disc then uploading. Kahootz provides an Edit in Office button on a document’s page which directly opens the document in Word, Excel or PowerPoint as appropriate. The document is automatically locked, to avoid anyone else changing that file in Kahootz. When you save in Office, your changes are saved directly back to Kahootz, creating a new version of the document. Closing your Office window unlocks your document.
Suitable documents will show a relevant Edit in Office button next to them. When you first click on that button Kahootz will check that you have the appropriate software installed on your computer for this to work, if you have then it will open the file/document on your device.
Kahootz Tip: Please remember when using the 'edit' feature to 'enable editing' via the document once it's opened otherwise it will not lock via Kahootz.
Trusting your Kahootz site
If you get a "Do you trust this document" popup window, verify that the "from" address is your Kahootz website address by clicking OK. Your document should then open in the correct Office application. You may find that it opens in Office's Protected View - in this case click the Enable Editing button in Office, and a writable copy will be opened.
Removing Office Protected Mode (Microsoft Windows)
The following will apply to any web browser you are using on your computer.
- For Windows 7, Open Internet Explorer's Internet Options menu option (Depending on version, this may be under the "cog wheel" menu to the top right, or a "tools" menu).
- For Windows 10, Click on the Windows icon in the taskbar, and type "Internet Options", then open the control panel entry that appears.
- Go to the Security tab in the Internet Options window.
- Click on Trusted Sites (green tick).
- Click on the Sites button.
- If your Kahootz site is not already trusted, its address should appear in the 'Add this website' box - click the Add button. If not, it may already be in the 'Websites' list.
- Click on Close, then OK to apply those settings.
If you can't access these features, your IT department may not allow you to change those settings yourself and you will have to contact them to add Kahootz to a centrally managed list.
Having problems? Try our checklist
- An uploaded Microsoft Office document - Word, Excel or PowerPoint. This feature currently only works with MS Office and does not work in other applications.
- Normal permissions in Kahootz allowing you to edit that document - if you don't see actions to upload a new version of this document on the document page then you don't have permissions to edit that document or another user has it locked.
- A computer running Microsoft Windows with Office 2016 - not an Apple Mac, Linux computer or a Mobile device.
- The appropriate MS Office application already installed on your computer. The edit is done in your desktop application, not in your web browser.
- If you’re on a work computer, your IT department may have chosen to disable the custom URI schema that enable Microsoft Office applications to be started from the browser.
- If you have MS Office installed but the required Office application does not start when you click on the “Edit in Office” button, try to Repair your Office installation.
Sometimes an update to Office can cause the custom URI schema to stop working & Repairing Office often fixes it - click here for "how-to" Repair Office.
If you need to talk to your IT Department about the required custom URI schema, the scheme names used are "ms-word", "ms-excel" and "ms-powerpoint".
Support for those schemas is usually installed as part of the Microsoft Office install.