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How to force xls file to open in Excel rather than IE6 browser window?

Posted on 2011-02-10
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Some of my users still have IE6 as part of their company's PC builds.  As such, whenever I offer an Excel file via a weblink, they get the option to open the file or save.

These xls files contain macros.  When the files are saved to a user's local machine the macros function fine.  If the user chooses open, the file opens within the IE6 browser window and the macros fail.

Is there a way to force the file to bypass IE6 when opening and open in Excel itself?  Can this be done server side via HTML?
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by:jppinto
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The user just needs to right click on a saved Excel file and choose "Open with", select Excel and check the option where it says something like "use always this program to open this type of file" or something like that. It will assign always Excel to open .xls files in the future.

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That would be simple enough but, some of these users don't even know how to do that.

The most simple solution would be to allow the macros to work within the browser as intended.  This may be a macro error issue too...this is the error they see:

Run Time Error '1004'
Method 'Display Alerts' of object '_Application' failed
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@All:

This error is common among XLS and IE6 interactions.  The issue is well documented across the web.  This is macro based, xls solution.

Cheers.  Thanks for the attempt to help.

http://php.kennedydatasolutions.com/blog/2008/02/05/internet-explorer-breaks-excel-pivot-tables/
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by:evibesmusic
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This solution provides a solution to this common problem.  Turns out this error has been around for a long time and many people have tried to conquer it.

Good luck.
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