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Open (vs. Download) Office Doucments in IE7 with Vista

Posted on 2007-12-03
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I have gone from a anotebook with XP, IE7 and Office 2007 to a=one with Vista, IE7 and Office 2007.

One of the most annoying 'features' is that I can now no longer OPEN an office document. If I click ona link I only get the Save As dialog box.

This is very annoying as the documents are from our Intranet and I don't want to have to save them again, I just want to use the links as shortcuts.

I have found this question many times while doing seaeches, but no answers yet.
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by:Steven_Khieu
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1st let me say this.

STOP "OPEN" things.
golden rule in computer.
you DO NOT open anything.
always save. then open.
reason : ???
for lazy and idiot people, they open things and get infected or breached.
because files have encrypted and attachements that are either trojan, or virus. you can not see it. how can you >?

when you "save" should you have a good AntiVirus software, it will scann and notify you if the file is ok or it is a bad one.thus reduce the risk of your computer runs like a snail going up hill in winter time.


If you are using it intranet, then open the file from it's location and don't copy it
this is call Mapping.
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by:morgyn
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I will be polite, I am not stupid.
I am a MCSE and certified Microsoft Trainer for over 10 years. I think I know a bit about security, etc. My only problem is that I haven't had time to play with Vista enough to sort out all the bugs.

This is an Intranet that is used in 15 coutries over some very slow links.
Of course the files are trusted!

All that mapping does is slow the system down as the drive has to be checked every time something is opened or printed.

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by:Steven_Khieu
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How are you accessing the files ?
partial screenshots would be nice.

also: Question:
how can a network that large be slow. ?
and, ATM and FilesSvr are not slow.

additionally, MCSE/MCT should know how to set active contents to cache in IE. (any version).
Especially with the new sXML .Net system.
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by:morgyn
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It is just a very simple link to a document in a very plain HTML web page. No ASP, no .NET.

as in: <a href="\\forms\ICT_Request.doc">Prcurement</a>

Under normal operation (XP/IE7, etc.) it would just open the word doc in MS word and there is not problem.

But under Vista is only allows you to download/save the document.
I have already tried all the usual fixes and none have worked. These include: trusted site/disabling protection mode/registry keys.

It is a IE7/Vista combo querk, that I just don't have the time to play around with it anymore, hence why I have put the question out there.

Must admit that I haven't bothered to try earilier version of IE, nor do I really want to as that is not a realistic option anyway.

Some of our links are very remote, some via prmanent satlitte, some via dialup sat. Plus they may only require this document once in 3 months, so maintianing a mapped drive is rediculous. I don't want to have to replicate copies or even maintain a read only/modify OK areas either.
There are also multiple domains involved as well, which brings inthe security issue.

I have only allowed one Vista computer on our network unitl these issues are all sorted.
At this very moment the intranet works perfectly as per all requirements. It is only when Vista is added into the mix that the issue occurs.

It is almost as if IE no longer knows what the .doc / .xls files are. But it is not the file associations either.
All other files: e.g. PDF, JPG etc. all still open/act as per normal.

As I said, if you google a similar question, you will find quite a few people out there with the same issue, but so far I have yet to find anyone with an answer. That is why these communities are useful.

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by:Steven_Khieu
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Well, unless you have the doc on Office Svr, you are not going to be able to live edit it.
what you are prob used to is that the browser caches the files into the int temp dir, then let you edit and ask for a save dir.

the other thing is to go to the hive, create an instance in the "application" section of IE and put all files extensions according to it's application handler.

currentuser\soft\ms\ie\
 do same with local machine.

then create a "New Key"

name it Default __________ Editor

then assign app.

but you have to create it for all of the ones that don't auto pickup.


or jsut bypass all of that and hold down shift and click.

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by:morgyn
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This is what I am saying  - the shift-click dosen't work either...

Don't want to live edit.  They are read only.
It is purely as simple as a shortcut to the document(s) which the user can fill in and print and then close. Doesn't even need to be saved at all.

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by:morgyn
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Well I sovled it but accident as it turs out.

The problem is in the "User Account Controsl".
It had to turn it off for something else I was testing and while it was off I was on a website and low-and-behold the document I clicked on to open .. opened in MS Word!

So now my decision is - do I leave it off or turn it back on.
But at least I can stop hulling my hair out!

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