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force .mpp files to open in full project when accessed from a web site.

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Hi
We have a web based sofware product that sits on IIS and allows for documents to be opened from the website.

This includes links to project files (.mpp). The issue we have with one of our customer when they click on the link to open (download) the .mpp file it attempts to open inside of the browser window. This opens for some users but others are presented with a blank screen (all have project 2010 installed). So issue one is that the file are not always displayed on the end users screen.

The second issue is that by open from within IE in creates a ready only view whereby the customer wants the link to open in full MS Project so they can update the file.

So the main question is there anyway to force the file to open in full MS project either by setting a mime type or similar on the IIS server or a setting on the clients PC?

Thanks in advance
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Please check if this helps.

1. If you are viewing the MPP file inside IE browser, there may be a IE add-on for that. Please identify the add-in and disable it.

2.Check if the fix given following helps.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/162059/en-us

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Hi Chandu

Thanks for the response I'm afraid the proposed fix did not make any difference.

What I am trying to do is force the MPP file to open up outside of the browser (full Project) when I try open / download it. I've check and there are no plugins installed.

Thanks
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Following tool may help you. Also, can you open IE in no add-ons mode 'iexplore.exe -extoff' and check if MPP files are opening inside IE browser. This helps in understanding if any browser add-on is involved.

http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/260/1/Configure-Internet-Explorer-to-open-linked-Office-files-in-their-respective-applications.html

-Chandu
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