Created: November 26th, 2004 (kb#84)
Last Edited: February 11th, 2011
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.
To allow Word and Excel documents to open in their own application, a setting needs to be changed in Windows.
This will affect all Word and Excel documents.
If many users need this configuration, there's an associated Registry setting that could be made through a group policy.
How to configure Internet Explorer to open Office documents in the appropriate Office program instead of in Internet Explorer