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    jvelasco
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    Launch IE for web links (Word 2000)

    Hi all,

    Is there any way to force Word to always launch IE when an HTTP link is clicked in a Word document? I hate the default action, which is to display the HTML page in the Word application window. I would like to keep the original document in the application window.

    Thanks for your help.
    --Julio

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    Re: Launch IE for web links (Word 2000)

    Hi Julio,

    Not sure about forcing a hyperlink to open in IE, but you can at least force it to open in a new page by default. If you right click on the hyperlink and select Toggle Field Codes, the actual field will be displayed. If you add the /n (forward slash + n) switch to the end of the code and then right click and select Update Field Codes, the hyperlink should now open in a new page, leaving your original document displaying in it's own page.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Launch IE for web links (Word 2000)

    Mine open in IE.

    What is your default action for URLs in Windows? Mine (I use Windows 2000) is:

    Open

    with the command line

    rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l

    (Look this up in Windows Explorer under Tools, Folder Options, File Types, URL, but be careful in there. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>)

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    jvelasco
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    Re: Launch IE for web links (Word 2000)

    Thanks, Barry. I tried your recommendation and it seemed to work. However, instead of a new Word document window, the hyperlink opened in a new IE window - which is what I wanted, but it is not the action you described. Or is it?

    Thanks again,
    --Julio

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    jvelasco
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    Re: Launch IE for web links (Word 2000)

    Thanks for your suggestion, but are we on the same page? What does selecting an HTTP hyperlink in a Word 2000 document have to do with the Windows URL extension default command (Open)?

    I did check my Windows Explorer folder options and found many URL descriptors, one for each protocol. I assumed you meant the URL for HTTP, of which I had two descriptors (secure and unsecure). Neither command line looked like your description so I left them alone. BTW, I am running Windows98.

    Regards,
    --Julio

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    Re: Launch IE for web links (Word 2000)

    I just looked at a Win98 PC and it's totally different. I can't help you on this one.

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    Re: Launch IE for web links (Word 2000)

    Hi Julio,

    Glad that has sorted out your problem.

    I am currently working with Office XP so I did not get a chance to try it out on Word 2000 for myself. The information I had on that switch was very vague in how it would operate, and only stated that it would open it in a new window. Unfortunately, it did not state whether this would be a Word window or an IE window, so I couldn't give you that info.

    Anyway, good to see that it has given you some assistance.

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