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    File Download Dialog box in IE (IE 6)

    We have students who view PowerPoint, Word and Excel files through Internet Explorer as a means of learning support - when they click the link to view the files the File download box appears offering them to open or download the files. We would like to be able to stop that dialog box from appearing so that the file only opens in the browser for viewing by default.

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    Re: File Download Dialog box in IE (IE 6)

    This is a Windows setting. It will have to be changed for each file type on each computer. Interactively, this is done in Windows Explorer: View | Folder Options..., File Types tab.

    Shown are my settings for Word documents. They are exactly the opposite of what you want: prompt for open/download and show in a separate window.

    If the computers are on a network, the network administrator can enforce the settings globally (don't ask me about the details.)
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    Re: File Download Dialog box in IE (IE 6)

    This has worked great on an individual machine - thanks - now we just need to find out how to sort it out over the network...

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    Re: File Download Dialog box in IE (IE 6)

    I believe you can set these behaviors with VBScript (writing to the Registry) or Group Policy, but I haven't gone digging for the settings.

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