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How do I force the download dialog box to appear in IE6?

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How do I force the download dialog box to appear in IE6 (maybe other versions) when downloading a ".dwg file" from my .aspx page.  The downloads themselves are working - but no dialog box.  IE7 and Firefox however work fine.  I have tried placing a Content-disposition: statement onto the page but this seems to work only for a specified file (also I suspect I did not structure it properly).  I have many .dwg files on the page and need the download dialog box to appear every time any of them are clicked.

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Well, I guess I'm thinking more of the non-savvy user out there.  We have some customers who use Firefox or IE7 regularly and get accustomed to seeing a dialog box.  Then, for a variety of reasons (different computer, location, etc.), they'll occasionally switch to IE6 and not see a dialog box and immediately think something is wrong.  MS confirmed this is a bug for some file types and proposed code to force a dialog box to open up - no matter what - I just don't know how to structure/setup this bit of code.

What's actually happening in IE6 is a very quick download occurs (so quickly that the visitors aren't even aware that the download occurred) and then a blank page with "Done" in the lower left appears rather than staying at the current page.

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Sorry so long to accept this solution.
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