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    Opening a File (IE 6)

    When I am in the Excel forum and click on a workbook file that is attached to a message, IE opens the file using the same browser window that had the message in it. If I hold down Shift and click on the file, it is opened in a new window (which is what I want). However, in both cases, the window is a browser window with the browser tool bars, not an Excel window with my custom Excel tool bars. Is there any way to get IE to open the files in a new window, and have that window be the programs window not the browser's window?
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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    In IE 5.5, links obey the Windows File Types setting for Browse in Same Window. This illustration is from Windows 2000.
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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    Here's an old graphic that I think I made for Windows 98.
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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    Thank you! Thank you! It now works like I want it to.
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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    Very useful info, I applied it to another program entirely and it worked (a picture program), thanks for the brilliant tip. Cyberdance

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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    been wondering the same thing... now where do I go to change that setting?
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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    Folder Options dialog, accessible from (1) Control Panels or (2) Windows Explorer, Tools menu.

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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    At least on some OS's, you can find it under Start button | Settings | Folder Options... as well!

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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    OK, I have 2 computers running NT4, one with IE5.5 and the other with IE6.0. When clicking on a .prt file, the first computer opens Word 97 and the second opens it in the brower. I want both to open in the browser. Looking for the check boxes mention in this thread, I don't see them. What's up?
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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    One question -- what exactly is the ".prt" file type that you are trying to open? The problem is that .PRT is used by several programs:

    Printer Configuration (various)
    Printer-formatted File
    SCEdit Part File (Roland Sound Canvas sound modules; MIDI-related)
    Unigraphics Part File (CAD modeling data)
    CADKEY Part File
    Pro/ENGINEER Model File
    A file associated with the W32/Parrot-A worm; particularly if found in the Windows directory along with .EXE files of the same root name.

    Another sources gives this list for .prt files:

    Drawing file for Cadkey. Cadkey is a cad program.
    Printer ConfigurationProgram: IRMA WORKSTATION FOR WINDOWS
    Printer driverProgram: DR. HALO
    Printer formatted file (result of Print to File option)
    Pro E drawing file
    Pro/ENGINEER part model file.
    Unigraphics CAD part file

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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    The .prt we are using is the print file from a Unix server. On all the machines I've tried, double clicking on it in IE either open Word to view it or it opens in the browser (I think with a Word viewer). If I D-click the file on my desktop it will open in Word. I never set it that way, it seens to have been the default.

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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    Thanks, that work like a charm. In this case I deleted the key for .prt and the erant computer started acting the way I wanted and the way the other computers do. I am not sure how this problem started, but it doesn't happen enough to worry about. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Opening a File (IE 6)

    OK, this can probably be done in the Folder Options | File Types dialog box shown above, but my real forte is the registry. You have two computers: one has .prt files associated with WinWord and the other has .prt files associated with IE.

    To do this in the registry, in BOTH computers look under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT for the entry called ".prt". This should have a (Default) value that specifies the "File Type". For example -- and for the sake of discussion -- let's assume it has a (Default) value of "prtfile".

    After you find the correct File Type, look further down in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT for "prtfile". Click on this and you should see several sub-keys. The one you want will be called "shell". Click on the Shell key and look for a sub-sub-key named "open". The open key will contain a "command" sub-key. The (Default) value under Opencommand will contain the string that decides what programs "opens" your .prt file.

    The arrangement is like this:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
    ...prtfile
    ......shell
    .........open
    ............command

    If you look in both computers, ONE should show WinWord.exe opening the File Type, while the other should show Iexplore.exe. If you wish IE to open this file type, choose to Export the appropriate "prtfile" key to your Desktop. Copy it to a floppy. Take it to the other machine and MERGE the .reg file into the registry (double-click it). Then both computers should open .prt files in IE.

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