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    Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    I use Office 97 and Office XP with IE5.5 and IE6 on various PCs I manage

    When I link to a Word/XL/PPT file from a web page, it always opens the document in WORD/XL/PPT EMBEDDED in the web browser. The same occurs with PDF files and Acrobat Reader/Acrobat embedded in IE.

    While I want Acrobat embedded in IE, I want to ensure that Word, Excel and PPT always are NOT embedded in IE, but that the files are launched in a separate session, such as the current session of Word, Excel or PPT if already running.

    How can I configure IE to start Office files in the native application, rather than having the app embedded in IE?

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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Start My Computer or Windows Explorer.
    Select Tools | Folder Options...
    Activate the File Types tab.
    Locate and select Word document (.DOC) in the list.
    Click Edit... (in Windows XP, click Advanced... instead)
    Clear the "Browse in same window" check box.
    Click OK.
    Repeat for Powerpoint presentation (.PPT) and Excel workbook (.XLS)
    When you're done, close the File Types dialog.

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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Hans, I am having the same problem with the new PC they've given me here at work, but we use WinNT and IE5 (and office 97) and the FileTypes list doesn't have a 'Browse in Same Window' option - just 'confirm open after download', 'enable quick view' and 'always show extension'. I know there must be something that decides this because I have now had four machines I have now had in the last couple of months (it's a long story!), the other three all opened these links in the 'native' application and they all had the same configuration as this one.

    I've tried making sure the 'enable quick view' option was unticked but it doesn't seem to have made any difference - do you know where I should look, please?
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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Hi Beryl:
    If you have Win NT, you must edit the registry, according to this article.
    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Thanks for that, Phil, but either I'm editing the registry in the wrong way or it didn't work!

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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    To make IE open the file, you need to remove the BrowserFlag value. Simply delete the BrowserFlag entries completely on all File Types that you want IE to open.

    Setting the value to 8 tells IE that you want to native program to open the file in a pop-up window. So, if you want Word and Excel to open in their native programs, you need to set the appropriate BrowserFlag to a DWORD value of 8. You need to make sure you have the correct File Type for each file. You can use the attached tool to help you make sure you are using the correct File Type.
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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Thanks Phil, but I DON'T want IE to open the file - I want it to open in its own application!
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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Setting the value to 8 tells IE that you want to native program to open the file in a pop-up window. So, if you want Word and Excel to open in their native programs, you need to set the appropriate BrowserFlag to a DWORD value of 8. You need to make sure you have the correct File Type for each file. You can use the attached tool to help you make sure you are using the correct File Type.

    Also, you may want to remove the "Confirm download" check box -- just in case that is interfering. When or if you post the data I requested, I can tell you if that check box is set or not.

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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    When you said 'attached' tool, did you mean attached to your post (in which case it didn't work) or attached in Regedit somewhere (in which case, where, please)?

    Ta
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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Sorry, look two posts above -- there is a zipped attachment.

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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Thanks, but it looks like our security settings are blocking it. At least, the headings ("Filetype is .." etc) are there but there are no details against them.

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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    interesting. That implies a fairly tight security department! Attached is the straight .vbs version.

    Post a screen shot of the resultant box.
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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Ah - that's better! Filetype (for doc) is Word.document.8.

    So, to recapitulate - to get IE to let Word documents open in a separate, normal, Word window, I need to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Classes/.doc/Word.document.8 and create a new DWORD value called BrowserFlags with a hexadecimal value of 8? Cos if so, that's what I did, and it made no difference. I tried a decimal value of 8, rebooting the machine, refreshing the window before clicking ...

    Any suggestions would be gratefully received!
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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Ugh. Another perfect setup -- yet it doesn't work. You described the exact procedure. It should work -- based on registry settings. I am left with DLL problems??? Have you tried to Repair IE???

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    Re: Links to MS Office files from IE (IE6 / IE5.5)

    Umm - that's a difficult one to answer. Yes, I have tried repairing it - but when you choose 'repair' and click OK the window goes away and as far as I can tell that's it. Nothing happens. I tried 'add a component' just to see what would happen and it said it couldn't find any Windows Update files (not surprising since everything here is installed/run through Novell distributed applications). So I presume the repair function can't work either.

    Our ops people (in their typically unhelpful fashion) just said "well, we didn't do anything different - that's the standard installation" and shrugged their collective shoulders. Ignoring the fact that this is the fourth machine they've installed it on for me alone in the last few weeks - they must be installing it almost every day somewhere in the building - and no-one else has this problem! And yes, we would know - our intranet is used extensively to distribute information, forms to fill in, etc via Word and XL documents, and the users would be climbing the walls (as I am beginning to do!) if this happened to them!

    Please let me know if you think of anything else ... <img src=/S/crybaby.gif border=0 alt=crybaby width=15 height=15>
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