Linked Documents Open in a Browser Instead of in the Application

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Created: November 26th, 2004 (kb#84)
Last Edited: February 11th, 2011

Description

By default, Windows XP will open files, like Word and Excel, inside the browser if linked from an HTML page. While this is ok for documents that are to be read-only, it is a problem if you will need to save.

Solution

To allow Word and Excel documents to open in their own application, a setting needs to be changed in Windows.

  1. Open My Documents or an Explorer window.
  2. Select Tools > Folder Options.
  3. Select the File Types tab.
  4. In the list of registered file types, click on the relevant extension (DOC for Word and XLS for Excel).
  5. Click on 'Advanced' and then un-tick 'Browse in same window'.
  6. Click OK and then 'Close'.

This will affect all Word and Excel documents.

Notes

If many users need this configuration, there's an associated Registry setting that could be made through a group policy.

Further Information

How to configure Internet Explorer to open Office documents in the appropriate Office program instead of in Internet Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;162059


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