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    Word Doc on toolbar opens in IE

    I've just noticed something strange. If I take a folder that contains doc files & drag it to the right edge of my screen. It becomes a toolbar. I have too many doc files in the folder for all to show, so at the very bottom is a double chevron that opens a menu that lists all the other files.

    Now, if I click on an icon on the toolbar, the doc file opens in Word, as it should. If I pick one of the icons on the menu (that you bring up by clicking the chevron), it opens in IE and uses Quick View to display it. Does anyone know what I can change to have Word open the file in either case? [Note: I do have "browse in same window" under Tools/Settings/File Options/Word document UNchecked.]

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Word Doc on toolbar opens in IE

    That is exceedlingly intesting. Let me do some tests.

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    Re: Word Doc on toolbar opens in IE

    I didn't even know you could do that with a folder.

    I have just tried it on Windows XP Professional with Word 2002 and IE6 SP1, and it behaves correctly - opening the word document with word wether it is accessed directly or via the 2 chevrons.

    StuartR

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    Re: Word Doc on toolbar opens in IE

    Hi Stuart:
    It should behave correctly in Win98, too. I can't see why a .lnk file doesn't open the target in it's associated application...unless these aren't .lnk files. If I right click them & choose Properties, I get the properties of the target file, not of a shortcut. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Word Doc on toolbar opens in IE

    I can't find how this type of toolbar is stored - it doesn't seem to be in my profile, and not in the registry either. As you note, the items don't behave like shortcuts. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: Word Doc on toolbar opens in IE

    Hmmmm... I get an interesting version of this problem. This maybe due to different ways that IE handles Word documents.

    If I click a .doc file on the "Chevron Fly-Out", I get the "Download Dialog" box!! If I click Open, the Word Opens it!

    OK, since I get the DD box, it is clear that IE is being 'invoked' and it thinks I am downloading a Word doc. I'll bet the differences in what we are seeing are due to how we have IE set up to handle .doc files.

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    Re: Word Doc on toolbar opens in IE

    Hi R2:
    Thanks for responding & I'm sorry I took so long to get back. (Next couple of weeks are going to be tough.) Anyhow, what you said gave me an idea. I started Quick View Plus & went to Configure. Under applications, I disabled integration with IE. I could then click on a flyout chevron, pick a Word file, & it opened in Word. If I enabled integration, it opened in IE showing Quick View Plus. Of course, I'm sure that this means that if I go to view certain files in IE that it can't handle natively, that I will be unable to view them.

    I'm still not sure why the difference between your machine & mine (Word vs. download).

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