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    ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1

    There is apparently a security feature in Windows XP Pro SP2 that causes Internet Explorer to examine the contents of a file you ask it to open, and make a judgement based on the file's contents rather than on its file type.

    Thus when you click on myfile.odt on a website, IE will download it as myfile.ZIP.

    Has anyone found a way to reconfigure either IE or Windows to permit ODT files to be downloaded as ODT?

    (I disabled that feature bgut then it merely opened the file in IE, rather than download it.)

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1

    There's a setting in Tools | Internet Options, Security tab, Custom Level: "Open files based on content, not file extension". Is that the feature you disabled? If that causes .odt files to be opened, try modifying the options for .odt in Windows Explorer, in the File Types tab of Tools | Folder Options: "Confirm open after download", and - if available - "Browse in same window".

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    The only thing listed for the ODT extension there was "Open with" and that's set to OpenOffice 2.0, so I changed it to "default".

    That gave me a list of actions (under Advanced) but none of them had to do with downloading. "Confirm open after download" was checked, but there was no "browse in same window:.

    So now, the file opens in an IE window, but doesn't download. Any other thoughts?

    Thanks.

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    Sorry, no. I don't use Open Office myself, so I cannot experiment. Perhaps you could search or ask your question in one of the Open Office newsgroups/mailing lists. See OpenOffice.org Support.

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    Exactly what is it that you are trying to accomplish ?? Are you trying to download a file format (ODT) that IE doesn't want to DL or are you trying to open the ODT file on your system and don't have a program associated with it to do so ???

    If it downloads the ODT file as a .zip file can you not simply extract the ODT file within the zip file and open it ?? If you don't have a program on your system that is associated with it and nothing else works, you should be able to open the file with Internet Explorer, if that is actually what it opened with on the web, and then copy and paste what you want from the document into a format you can use freely. HTH
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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    OK, here's the actual problem. I'm working with a group that distributes tutorials to users of OpenOffice. Many of the tutorials are in ODT format.

    When a person who either doesn't use IE or doesn't use Win XP Pro clicks on a link to an ODT file, he is offered the choice of downloading the file or opening it in OpenOffice.

    I am looking for a way that a person using IE on a Win XP Pro box can get the same behavior.

    Incidentally, the ODT file is not included in the ZIP file. The ODT file is a zipped archive of files so opening it in IE is actually opening a binary file.

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    If I'm understanding what ODT files are (text files based on XML code) then, Sun Microsystems StarOffice or OpenOffice.org software are the programs that will open the document. However, given it's XML component, you may find some answers here.
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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    Thanks, Doc. The problem in opening an ODT file that's downloaded by IE on a Win XP Pro machine is not in finding an application to open it.

    The problem is that IE/Win XP Pro changes the file type from ODT to ZIP! Try it. Go to http://www.mccc.edu/pjh/OOo/DL.odt and try to download it as an ODT file. See the problem? Windows thinks its a ZIP file.

    I am looking for a way that I can tell a person who is having this problem how he can click on a link to an ODT file and save it as DL.odt.

    Thanks.

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    Since IE insists on this behaviour, simply download the file (save it to disk), rename the file (with an .odt extension rather than a .zip extension), and Open Office will open it. Strange that IE treats it as a zip file while Firefox recognizes it as an Open Office file. Convince your users to switch to Firefox <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ?
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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    Sorry. I got a Page Not Found error when I tried that address. Searched the mccc.edu site for DL.odt without success.

    Regardless, my advice would be the same as John's in the previous post (thanks for pickin' up my slack John <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>). Download the file and then change the file extension. That should solve the problem.
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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    You can right click on the link and select 'Save target As'. Then in the File Download Save As dialog box change the 'Save As Type' to All files. Then change the extension on the file to ODT.

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    Joe, that may be a little complex for the average Windows user.

    Isn't there a way to tell Windows that ODT files are OK to download??

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    Did your try Hans' suggestion in the first sentence of <post:=552,687>post 552,687</post:>?

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

    Yes and I responded to it.

    How do you get the message number?

    Thx.

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    Re: ODT changes to ZIP (6.0.2900.xpsp_sp2_gdr.0503

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