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change ie9's "open or save" dialog to look like the old IE8 dialog?

Posted on 2011-09-16
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Our Excel and Access programs call a third party application program that automatically
1 opens a Web browser to a government website,
2 "Pushes" a button on the website that instructs the Web site to create a file on our c: drive.  

The third party program does not work because it is expecting to see an IE8 style "open or save" dialog come up.

The new IE9 "open or save" dialog has some technical differences that the third party developers do not have time to address.  

IE9 has an "IE8 compatibility mode" but it does not resolve this problem. (It did resolve several other unrelated problems.)

Is there any advanced options (see attached) that would tell IE9 to use the old style IE8 "open or save" dialog? (I already tried "inline autocomplete" but they did not work.

Or maybe a registry setting.
Accelerated graphics                                                       
     Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering*                      
Accessibility                                                              
     Always expand ALT text for images                                     
     Enable Caret Browsing for new windows and tabs                        
     Move system caret with focus/selection changes                        
     Play system sounds                                                    
     Reset text size to medium for new windows and tabs                    
     Reset zoom level for new windows and tabs                             
Browsing
    Automatically recover from page layout errors with Compatibility View
    Close unused folders in History and Favorites*
    Disable script debugging (Internet Explorer)
    Disable script debugging (Other)
    Display a notification about every script error                     
    Display Accelerator button on selection*                            
    Enable automatic crash recovery*                                    
    Enable FTP folder view (outside of Internet Explorer)               
    Enable Suggested Sites                                              
    Enable third-party browser extensions*                              
    Enable visual styles on buttons and controls in webpages            
    Enable websites to use the search pane*                             
    Go to an intranet site for a single word entry in the Address bar   
    Notify when downloads complete                                      
    Reuse windows for launching shortcuts (when tabbed browsing is off) 
    Show friendly HTTP error messages                                   
    Underline links                                                      
    Reuse windows for launching shortcuts (when tabbed browsing is off)
    Show friendly HTTP error messages
    Underline links
    Always                                                                  
             Hover                                                                   
             Never
    Use inline AutoComplete in the Internet Explorer Address Bar and Open Dialog
    Use inline AutoComplete in Windows Explorer and Run Dialog
    Use most recent order when switching tabs with Ctrl+Tab
    Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)
    Use smooth scrolling                                                         
HTTP 1.1 settings                                                                
    Use HTTP 1.1                                                                 
    Use HTTP 1.1 through proxy connections                                        
International*                                         
    Always show encoded addresses                      
    Send IDN server names                              
    Send IDN server names for Intranet addresses       
    Send UTF-8 URLs                                    
    Show Notification bar for encoded addresses        
    Use UTF-8 for mailto links                         
Multimedia                                             
    Enable alternative codecs in HTML5 media elements* 
    Enable automatic image resizing                    
    Play animations in webpages*                       
    Play sounds in webpages                            
    Show image download placeholders                                  
    Show pictures                                                     
Security
    Allow active content from CDs to run on My Computer*
    Allow active content to run in files on My Computer*
    Allow software to run or install even if the signature is invalid
    Check for publisher's certificate revocation
    Check for server certificate revocation*
    Check for signatures on downloaded programs
    Do not save encrypted pages to disk
    Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed
    Enable DOM Storage
    Enable Integrated Windows Authentication*
    Enable memory protection to help mitigate online attacks*                 
    Enable native XMLHTTP support                                             
    Enable SmartScreen Filter                                                 
    Use SSL 2.0                                                               
    Use SSL 3.0                                                               
    Use TLS 1.0                                                               
    Use TLS 1.1                                                               
    Use TLS 1.2                                                               
    Warn about certificate address mismatch*                                  
    Warn if changing between secure and not secure mode                       
    Warn if POST submittal is redirected to a zone that does not permit posts

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Question by:rberke
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by:suvmitra
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An useful but a bit technical article is found in MS KB. You may have a look

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737
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Not even close--that link just explains how to reset IE9 which might have been useful if IE was broken are behaving abnormally.

Unfortunately, IE9 is not broken -- the new appearance is from enhancements that MS added to make IE look and perform better.  I was looking for a way to turn it off.  Sometimes I get lucky and someone knows a registry hack or a group policy that does what I want.  But, not this time.

The simplest answer is to uninstall ie9 and revert to IE8 which is what I have done.

I am closing this question.

Bob
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My solution was the only solution.
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