troubleshooting Question

HTML links to files launch imbedded instance now?

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Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and all the latest security critical updates from Microsoft recently changed the behavior of my web pages.

They used to allow me to setup web pages with links to many files user would otherwise have trouble finding.  This was a great convenience because we could drop a link to say an Excel XLS workbook or other office document and when the user cliked on it would launch a separate instance of Excel and run the Excel program the same as if it were a desktop shortcut.

Now instead it is greatly LESS convenient.  It will launch an imbedded instance of Excel within the browser.  Easily identified because you have the same one browser window, however, you are within Internet Explorer and the internet address bar is still available.  The drawbacks may not be easily apparent to everyone but this instance of Excel is no longer able to run much of the typical Visual Basic macros if they violate any VBS scripting limitations such as copying a file if forbidden.

There must be a way to permit a web link to still launch a separate Excel instance from a web page link?  Can anyone help with this?  As it is now the user must right click the links and Save them as files to their desktop or someplace and then they can click on them to launch Excel with full working Visual Basic even including such nice abilities as using the FILECOPY command to install software or download other files or whatever it needs to do.

Brian Mulder
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