On the server which houses my site I have placed a Microsoft Word file which can be downloaded by visitors. Currently I have a hypertext link which is linked to the file. Now when the visitor clicks on the link, the file opens in Microsoft Word under the browser. Is there a way to force the file to pull up the download dialog box instead of being opened by Word?
Not in straight HTML... That is configurable by the user. If they have a valid viewer for the document type, in this case either MS-Word or WordPad then it will open the document unless the user has it set to "Always Ask before Opening". You might find a solution using a CGI script or some other server-side means that will prevent this. Your other option is to just archive the file using a program like Winzip. Not only will the majority of users then download the file with a simple click but you will save both harddrive space and bandwidth which are a premium to any web developer.
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