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how to save MS Word document allocated in memory of web server to client machine

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I load a MS Word file into memory server side of asp.net page, modify it there. I want to know how to save it to client machine?
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by:Xper4net
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You have to save it on server side, into a temporary folder, and then propose the client to download it. Once done, you can remove it from server.
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by:Bardobrave
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For obvious security reasons you cannot directly save a file in a client computer through a web application. What you can do is to stream the file data to the browser, wich will open the document with it's associated application.

Then users can decide if they save it to disk or not.
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by:AlexKostrub
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To Bardobrave: I think it is possible to save file to client machine with SaveAs Dialog. How it can be implemented. And how to stream MS Word document if I have variable of type Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Document , let's say WordDoc, that contains all data I need to save?
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by:Bardobrave
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Well... if you execute from your server code (where your word interop object is created) a piece of code to invoke "Save As" dialog, you'll be probably opening that dialog "on the server"... but I'm not very sure...

Msdn documentation also don't throws so much light about that, but you can try it and see what happens.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-en/library/63w57f4b%28v=VS.80%29.aspx



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by:Xper4net
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If you succeed to invoke a "save as" dialog on client side, I'll eat my hat ;-)
Seriously, you waste your time. You have to pass by a temporary file. Solution from Bardobrave can do the job too, but the use case is slightly different, and it needs Word installed on client side.
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by:AlexKostrub
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To Bardobrave: I mean activate SaveAs dialog on client machine using Response object but I still don't know how to write Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Document variable into it.
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by:AlexKostrub
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That is why I am looking for a way to write data stored in designated variable  to Response stream. Anyone knows how to do this?
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by:Bardobrave
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Take a look at this thread.

http://forums.asp.net/t/1178233.aspx

Maybe tomorrow I have more time to explain it more deeply or put some code example.
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by:AlexKostrub
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Bardobrave, I am waiting for your explanation or/and code example
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Here there's a great explanation of working with word interop. What you need to do is to open the document on client machine, once done is all to the user to decide if he saves it to disk or not.

http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/amrish_deep/WordAutomation05102007223934PM/WordAutomation.aspx

I hope it helps.
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by:AlexKostrub
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I asked slightly different thing but satisfied with an answer.
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