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Configure the maximum number of co-authoring authors (SharePoint Server 2010)

SharePoint 2010

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-08-05

This article describes how to configure the maximum number of users that can co-author a document at the same time in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.

Administrators can limit the number of users that can co-author a document at the same time by setting the CoauthoringMaxAuthors property. This property only applies to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentations and Microsoft Word 2010 documents. There is no upper limit to the number of users who can co-author Microsoft OneNote notebooks.

To configure the maximum number of co-authoring users for Word documents and PowerPoint presentations by using Windows PowerShell
  1. Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  2. Copy the following code and paste it into a text editor, such as Notepad:

    $siteurl = "<ServerName>"
    $mysite=new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite($siteurl)
    $mysite.WebApplication.WebService.CoauthoringMaxAuthors = <MaxAuthors>
  3. Replace:

    • <ServerName> with the name of the server.

    • <MaxAuthors> with the maximum number of authors to allow.

  4. Save the file, naming it SetMaxCoAuthors.ps1.

    You can use a different file name, but you must save the file as an ANSI-encoded text file whose extension is .ps1.
  5. On the Start menu, click All Programs.

  6. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.

  7. Click SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

  8. Change to the directory where you saved the file.

  9. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following command:


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