Open Browser Window API requirement sets

Requirement sets are named groups of API members. Office Add-ins use requirement sets specified in the manifest or use a runtime check to determine whether an Office host supports APIs that an add-in needs. For more information, see Office versions and requirement sets.

The OpenBrowserWindow API set enables add-ins to open a browser to accomplish tasks that cannot always be done in the sandboxed webview control within the add-in itself; for example, downloading a PDF file when the webview control is provided by Microsoft Edge.

Office Add-ins run across multiple versions of Office. The following table lists the OpenBrowserWindow API requirement sets, the Office host applications that support that requirement set, and the build or version numbers for the Office application.

Requirement set Office 2013 on Windows or later
(one-time purchase)
Office on Windows
(connected to Microsoft 365 subscription)
Office on iPad
(connected to Microsoft 365 subscription)
Office on Mac
(connected to Microsoft 365 subscription)
Office on the web Office Online Server
OpenBrowserWindowApi 1.1 N/A Version 1810 (Build 16.0.11001.20074) or later or later or later N/A N/A


The OpenBrowserWindowApi requirement set is only available as follows:

  • Excel, PowerPoint, Word: Windows, Mac, iPad
  • Outlook: Windows, Mac

To find out more about versions, build numbers, and Office Online Server, see:

Office Common API requirement sets

For information about Common API requirement sets, see Office Common API requirement sets.

OpenBrowserWindowApi 1.1

The OpenBrowserWindowApi 1.1 is the first version of the API. For details about the API, see the Office.context.ui reference topic.

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