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Open .TSV with IE8

i need to be able to open .tsv files on a win7 system with ie8 not excel  They open with  ie6 just fine in xp.
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mark_harris231Commented:
You just need to create the desired file type association:

1. Click Start > Default Programs
2. Select "Associate a file type or protocol with a program"
3. Scroll to the .tsv extension and click "Change program..."
4. Browse to the IE8 executable and select (default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe)

Note that you can still right-click any individual TSV file and select "Open with..." to open with another program (e.g., Excel) on an as-needed basis.
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jcimarronCommented:
rjef--Here are the programs that open .tsv files
http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/tsv

mark_harris231's procedure is correct, but I am not sure IE will open .tsv.  If not use one of the other programs listed.
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rjefAuthor Commented:
Mark,
   After making the association as IE and try to open the file it just keeps asking 'open' 'close' 'save' if i click open it just asks again.
JD,
  Sorry it has to be IE
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jcimarronCommented:
rjef--Internet Explorer is not one of the programs to use to open .tsv files per my link
http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/tsv
Try Notepad.
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mark_harris231Commented:
.TSV needs a registry value added in order to make it compatible in this way.

WARNING: Do NOT attempt if you are not familiar and comfortable with working in the registry.  Registry corruption can render your system inoperable.  Be sure to make a backup of your registry before making any changes.

1. Start > regedit - to launch the Registry Editor, then immediately make a backup of the registry via File > Export.  Save this file to a thumb drive.
2. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.tsv
3. In the right-pane, you should see two existing String Values: (Default) and PerceivedType
4. Right-click in the right-pane and select New > String Value
5. Supply a Value name of "Content Type"  (no quotes)
6. Supply a Value data of "text/plain" (no quotes)
7. Test by right-clicking a TSV file and selecting Open with... Internet Explorer (or just double-click if you still have the file association to IE).
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mark_harris231Commented:
Screenshot of registry change needed...
regvalue.gif
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rjefAuthor Commented:
Mark,
    I worked thanks
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mark_harris231Commented:
my pleasure
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rjefAuthor Commented:
mark
Actually i have more questions about this.  It doesn't prompt for open save cancel anymore when i open the .tsv file.  is there a way to make it still pop up that prompt?  And i have another question about it but it can wait until/if you can get the prompt back on.
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mark_harris231Commented:
Reset Open/Save/CancelWhat OS are you running?  Do you have the following registry key?

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\
         AttachmentExecute\{0002DF01-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

If you do, is there a key in the right-hand pane for the TSV file type?  The following article suggests that you simply need to delete it.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/reset-opensave-choice-for-internet-explorer-downloads-in-vista/

As previously indicated, make sure you back up your registry before making any changes.
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rjefAuthor Commented:
i do not have that key
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mark_harris231Commented:
What operating system are you using?  (I'm on win7 pro 64-bit)

I suspect this may end up being dependent on the OS.  I haven't found where to change this on my own system as yet, but I'm still digging.
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rjefAuthor Commented:
I'm on win7 pro 64-bit also
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mark_harris231Commented:
rjef - I've searched for a solution that both allows the TSV to open in IE8/9, but also prompts for open or save, but have turned up empty.  There are various permutations of this same question in a number of forums (including Microsoft Support), but no satisfactory solution to be found.

Apologies that a more satisfactory answer isn't available.
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