Electronic Lab Notebooks (LabArchives): Office Document Editor
Electronic Lab Notebooks (LabArchives) supports several different document editing options, including Microsoft Office Online, Think Free, or Zoho. Choosing Microsoft Office Online as your document editor lets you work with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Upload existing Office files right from your computer
- Create new Office Documents within LabArchives itself including MS-Office compatible documents
- Continue editing documents within LabArchives using the Online Editor
The first time you create an office document, or the first time you view/edit a pre-existing one, you will be prompted to choose a default document editor.
1. Log in to LabArchives.
2. Click your name at the top of the screen, and select User Properties from the drop-down menu.
3. Select Office Document Editor, and choose your editor from the View/edit documents using options.
Note: Selecting 'i' displays a pop-up window with a comparison table.
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Three Steps to Create an Office Document
Regardless of the default editor, you will see the following "Create an Office Document” window when you create an Office Document entry using Electronic Lab Notebooks:
- Select a folder location from the left column, then click Office Document from the menu.
- Choose a type of document to create, give the document a name, then click Create your office document.
- Create your document's content using the Office Document editor.
Editor Comparison: Microsoft Office Online, ThinkFree, and Zoho
The following table outlines specific differences between the three types of Office Editor:
Additional information is provided below.
A. Microsoft Office Online
You can upload pre-existing Office files right from your computer, and continue to edit them within LabArchives using the Online Editor, or create new Office Documents within LabArchives itself.
- Office documents edited using Microsoft Office Online as your document editor are accessible from LabArchives, not Microsoft OneDrive. They must be shared using LabArchives, not OneDrive or Microsoft.
- Older filename extensions (such as .doc, .xls, and .ppt) are not supported to edit online with the Microsoft Online Editor, but they can still be viewed in LabArchives.
- Certain size limits apply to documents created using Microsoft Office Office online.
- Special scientific characters including may cause issues in Word on LabArchives.
- Use of the Microsoft Office Online feature in LabArchives does not prevent you from installing, configuring and using your web browser's Microsoft Office PlugIn. For more information about the plugin, visit the following Windows or Mac articles.
ThinkFree is LabArchives HTML Based Editor.
Zoho is an HTML-based Editor and does not have an autosave feature. Select Ctrl+S or the Save button in the upper toolbar to save your changes.