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    How to download Word or files without opening in browser?

    Hey Guru,

    I am working on Intranet and they have lot of Word documents, PowerPoint files etc. to be stored on server

    They are using I.E. browser (some may have Netscape).

    The problem is that they don't want to have files being open up automatically into browser as it's limited (can't save or make changes). Say, when they find the file they want and click on it - it should be able to "download" and save it to their computer. Perhaps would be good idea to have pop up window asking to "Open" (in appropriate application ie - word.doc to open in MS Word) or "Save to disk" rather than opening in browser.

    Is there's code or some kind of link to make downloading work and open in appropriate application please?

    Look forward to your advice in due course - thank you.

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    I've seen a lot of sites that had Office files for download. They typically had instructions that were very clear that instructed the user to right-click the filename (or picture) and "Save Target As..."

    This works for the most part... as long as they read it. It should be very clear and right next to the downloadable file links.

    This is the only thing I can think of besides possibly a configuration on the server... but if it's a shared server I don't know if they would change it.

    Hope this helps...

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    Aside from right-clicking, I don't see what the problem would be an opening it in IE. That is the entire reason why IE is tied into Office, so you can open up Word, Excel and other components without running a seperate application. Just like PDF files tie into your Adobe plug-in and automatically open up.

    And yes you can save them from IE, File | Save As.
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    I personally HATE when a file tries to opein my browser. I despise it when that happens. If, after I have clicked on a link, notice that it is a PDF, then I press cancel or stop as soon as I notice. I won't even bother looking at the document for the most part. Not that I am against PDF's or DOC's but there are programs for those files. My browser is for browsing, not opening PDF's or DOC's.

    To the topic, there is no way to control the way a user accesses your file, especially when it comes to a DOC. Either ZIP it or give them specific instructions on how they should save it and open it.
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    That is the entire reason why IE is tied into Office, so you can open up Word, Excel and other components without running a seperate application.
    Let me get this right........anybody using IE can open MS office documents in the browser?
    if so........What if they don't have MS Word etc. is that still the case? and..... since what version of IE was this possible?

    This could possibly save me hrs converting files to pdf
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    Anyone with office and IE5+ can do it.
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    I agree. Worst case scenario, you have to go and download the viewer, but I'm almost positive they are included in the IE software itself...

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    Nope, each version of IE automatically checks for installed office components (in my understanding) and grabs the appropriate web viewers from within those components.

    However, I could be wrong
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    OK.. there seems to be some confusion here.

    When you install ONLY internet explorer.. any files that are not recognized by the browser will trigger the "Save as" sequence. In other words, only such files as .html, htm, .txt, etc... will be opened automatically.

    WHEN YOU ADD other components to your system, such as MS Office (Word, Excel, whatever..) the installation will ALSO INSTALL a plugin into your browser, which enables it to open documents recognized by the component you just installed. In other words, when you install Word it will also install a plugin for IE that enables IE to open Word documents within the browser. Ditto for pdf files. Your browser doesn't know what to do with a pdf file if it doesn't have the corresponding plugin. Also for flash, shockwave, etc.. your browser doesn't know what to do with this stuff.. and that's why you have to download and install a plugin for them before they work.

    To disable this functionality, just remove the appropriate plugin. Ditto for netscape.


    Creole.. The day is coming (according to thin client folks) when the browser will be used for just about everything. Who cares if the word document is open in IE or Netscape. Who cares if the pdf file is open in IE? It's the same program that's interpretting the file.. it's just doing it with a different "shell". Your browser is just acting as the "shell" to the actuall program. (Which is using a plugin to operate.) Your view of "browsing" is too narrow.
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    hstraf: I wasn't aware of any confusion, if I didn't say exactly what you said, forgive me.
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    Originally posted by hstraf
    Your view of "browsing" is too narrow.
    Neither you OR the browser manufacturers have any right to tell me my views are too narrow. The whole point of having a "personal" computer is so that I can have things MY way. I don't like opening anything but websites OR loose images in my browser plain and simple.

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    Creole.. grin.. you took the bait!!

    hee hee. Let's keep going..

    I bet you only use your running shoes for running, right?

    Oh never mind.. I actually kind of agree with you anyway. It's annoying when you click something and up pops some plugin. I wouldn't mind if there was some easy way to disable/enable them, but once they're installed..

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    Run? pshaw...

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    Why did you install the plugin if you didn't want it? (e.g. in the case of PDF - it's not installed by default AFAIK.)
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    Is there anyway to disable that effect or are we doomed to search our status bar for the dreaded extentions?


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    The Plugins are installed by default, especially the Word in IE plugin.
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