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    downloading issues

    Hello,

    This might sound silly but i'm having problems with my files. I uploaded several .doc (word documents) files and added a link for anyone who wants to download them from my page but for some reason when i click on the document link the file starts to download right away and when it's done it opens inside my browser. I know perfectly that when you click on a .exe .zip and all those files a window should pop up asking you where to save the file and then show you the progress but for some reason that's not happening here.

    Any help would be appreciate.
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    That's because the .doc format is not a compressed or exectuable format filetype, so most browsers will simply download the said file and load it in the browser window. To alleviate this problem, simply right-click in the link to the document and choose "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As...". If your site visitors are experiencing the same problems, just add a little note at the top of the page telling them to right click, et cetera. It actually works quite well.

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    Thanks a lot for the quick answer.

    I was trying to download the files using IE, then i decided to try it with netscape and opera, the download window popped up for this two. So i guess it's mainly an IE thing. Adding a note for visitors sounds like a good solution.

    Thanks again.
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    Yep. Since both Word and Internet Explorer are Microsoft products, they want them to work seamlessly -- even if it's not what many users of their software want. But use the note -- it has worked very well on my sites when I had to deal with this situation.

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