If you have installed the 64-bit new version of Microsoft Office, Office 2010, then you will most likely see the following message when trying to edit a SharePoint list using the Edit in datasheet function:
The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view for one or more of the following reasons:
– A datasheet component compatible with Windows SharePoint Services is not installed.
– Your Web browser does not support ActiveX controls
– Support for AxtiveX controls is disabled
The issue revolves around the fact that 64-bit versions of Office 2010 do not ship with the 32-bit Activex control that would make the datasheet option work with Internet Explorer.
There are ways to make this work, and the usual suggestion is to find a copy of an Office 2007 product and either install it (such as SharePoint Designer 2007
) or just choose to install the Windows SharePoint Services components of the product. This works, but I don't really want to go to that much trouble.