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Excel Live is a collaborative feature in Microsoft Teams where team members can edit and explore Excel documents directly in the Teams meeting window.

In this article

Presenting with Excel Live

Collaborating in Excel Live

Starting an Excel Live session

Presenting with Excel Live in a meeting or conference room

Recording Excel Live sessions


Presenting with Excel Live

Use Excel Live to share workbooks with your team. Edit and explore content with others within the meeting window. While you share, you set the pace. Participants can navigate through content on their own and sync with you later.

Screenshot of presenter (sharer) screen during Excel Live session in Teams.


  • You can share Excel workbooks using Teams for web. Mobile presenting isn't available.

  • You'll need to have full sharing permissions for a file to present it.


  • Present and work together over the same file, with real-time changes visible to everyone in the meeting.

  • Presenter updates to the file, including sorting and filtering, are visible to every attendee.

  • UI aspects of features being used—for example, the ribbon menu—aren't shown to everyone.


  • Meeting attendees can follow the presenter to automatically view the region of the file being shown. No other action is required.

  • Use zoom controls to optimize readability. Zooming a file as an attendee doesn't affect others.

Collaborating in Excel Live

Anyone in an Excel Live session can collaborate in shared content. If you're not presenting, navigate through the shared workbook on your own and join the presenter when you're ready.

Screenshot of participant (viewer) screen during Excel Live session in Teams.

Note: People who join the meeting from a mobile device can follow along with the presentation and explore content but can't make edits directly in Teams. If you want to edit an Excel workbook from a mobile device, tap Edit in the meeting window to open it in the Excel app.

Starting an Excel Live session

To start an Excel Live session:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams for desktop or web.

  2. Join an existing meeting or start a new one with your team members.

    Note: Excel Live is supported for meetings with 25 or fewer invitees.

  3. Select Share and scroll down to the Excel Live section.

    Screenshot of share options highlighting Excel files in Teams meeting.

  4. Select the Excel workbook you'd like to collaborate in during your meeting.

    Note: If you can't find the Excel workbook you're looking for, select Open in OneDrive or Browse my computer to see more files.

  5. Select Share to give others in your meeting permission to access and edit the workbook. 

    Screenshot of permission pop-up when selecting a file to share in Excel Live during Teams meeting.

  • All participants in the meeting are provided with file permissions to edit. Meeting participants retain file permissions to edit even after the meeting ends.

    External users—that is, users who aren't from your organization—aren't provided access to the file in the meeting itself. They can access the file by opening it in a browser window.
    Guest users—that is, users who aren't signed in—aren't given access to the file either. That said, a guest user with pre-existing access to the file can open it in a browser window.

Presenting with Excel Live in a meeting or conference room

Meeting/conference room display devices can't show content shared using Excel Live in a meeting. All users in the meeting can collaborate in Excel Live from their respective devices.

Recording Excel Live sessions

Currently, Excel Live meeting recordings don't include the interactive workbook shared in the meeting. The audio and user video are recorded just as they are in other meetings.


I’m not seeing the file that I want to share using Excel Live in a meeting. What do I do?
Your file might not be in a modern format, like .xlsx, or your file might not be a Cloud file. Try uploading the file to solve the issue.

After the meeting, will participants have access to files shared through Excel Live during the meeting?
Yes. Files shared through Excel Live in a meeting are accessible to the participants even after the meeting ends. To revoke access to a file shared during Excel Live in a meeting, go to the Share and manage access option for the file and remove the participants you don’t want to give continued file access to. You can also stop sharing OneDrive or SharePoint files or folders, or change permissions (

Can I share a password-protected file using Excel Live in a meeting?
No. We don't support coauthoring in password-protected files.

Why does the meeting show 25 participants when there are fewer than 25 participants in the meeting?
The restriction for using Excel Live in a meeting is based on the number of invitees to the meeting, not the number of participants who joined the meeting.

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