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This isn't technically an HTML question, but I figured that this is probably the best forum to post this question.  How do you change which application will launch inside Internet Explorer for a certain document type?  For instance, say I have Adobe Acrobat installed, and I want Acrobat Reader to launch inside the browser instead of Adobe Acrobat (for much shorter startup times); or if I want an xls file to be launched with Excel instead of OpenOffice, or whatever.  I changed my settings inside Windows Explorer, and they work correctly inside Windows Explorer, but Internet Explorer uses different settings and I can't seem to find them.  Thanks in advance.
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by:Zontar
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Use Mozilla. Gives you complete control over file associations for plugins and such.
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by:sunray_2003
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I think this should work

go to my computer
go to tools
go to folder options
go to file types
scroll down to doc file or any file you want to open this way

click on advance

and disable

a) confirm open after download
b) Browse in same window


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by:mnashadka
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Zontar, I am using both Internet Explorer and Netscape 7.1.  I need this to work with both, and I do my ISAPI development with IE because we're using XML and it allows you to not transform on the server side quite a bit better while testing.  And obviously this is really a problem during testing.  Thanks anyway.

sunray_2003, it doesn't seem to work.  If you've customized settings, the Advanced button doesn't show up.  When I reset to the defaults, it's disabled.  When I change it back to the program that I want to open with, Advanced goes back away and I have the same problem.

When you install software, it sometimes changes these settings for you, so they have to exist somewhere.  I looked through the registry and couldn't find anything obvious, though.  I've been looking for this off and on for months, and I can't find any information anywhere.  It's really annoying.
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by:seanpowell
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Have you read through this?
http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/q162/0/59.asp&NoWebContent=1&NoWebContent=1

I've used it in the past successfully.
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by:mnashadka
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That didn't seem to work, but I do find it really funny.  Thanks anyway.
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