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Open Excel file in Excel from HTM based hyperlink?

Posted on 1999-07-02
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Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Running NT4 server (but not HTTP service) with W95 clients, local intranet, navigated with HTML menu pages. Hyperlinks will launch Excel files in browser window (IE4+), but some Excel functionality is lost.
Anyone know how I can use a hyperlink to force an XLS file to open inside Excel? HTML pages and Excel files are all located on the same NT server. HTML/Java/VB/ActiveX suggestions welcome.. Need more info let me know.
Question by:ajwnet
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Expert Comment

ID: 1608008
Change the mime types in the browser.
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Expert Comment

ID: 1608009

This behaviour is kind of annoying, but I have found one work-around that may be ok for you.

1. Create a shortcut to the excel file.
2. Let the HTML page refer to the shortcut (filename.lnk) instead of the Excel workbook file directly.

When the user clicks the link, he will be asked if he wants to run the application. The workbook will open in Excel if he says yes.

Ture Magnusson
Karlstad, Sweden

Author Comment

ID: 1608010
Sorry Seron, but needs to be a server/source based fix - don't like the idea of modifying the 25,000 client machines who have access to our company network.
As you say, Ture, it's a good workaround, if only it didn't require a confirmation..
Anyone else got an idea? I'd hoped there'd be a way of launching Excel using VB script... perhaps using shell?
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Expert Comment

ID: 1608011
None other than posing the question in the other relevant E-E sections too. Whether you try it with 0 point questions referering to this one or separate ones is up to you and your point/cash account.
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Expert Comment

ID: 1608012
I answered similar question: 

Is it OK for you?
Open "My Computer" and go to menu View-Options-FileTypes.
Find the desired file type (for example, Microsoft Excel Worksheet), select it and click Edit...
Uncheck "Open web documents in place" and confirm your changes pressing OK.


Author Comment

ID: 1608013
Thanks yuk, best fixes are the simple ones. Discovered this early on - would be great if it didn't mean a configuration change on all 25,000 client machines. Been looking for a button/registry patch that can be made available on our intranet to provide one-click switch on/off in-browser activation for users. Still think there must be a java/vb solution somewhere out there that has no nags..
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Accepted Solution

yuk99 earned 300 total points
ID: 1608014
I compared the registry dump before and after changing this option. If this flag is unchecked, new value is added. Save the lines below to a *.reg file and run.



Good luck!

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Expert Comment

ID: 1608015
Oh, I forgot to mention it is for Excel 97. Do you need the fix for another version? The registry key should be close to the above one. Just uncheck the flag and search for BrowserFlags value in registry. It seems all classes have this flag checked by default.


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