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Cannot open vsd files with visio viewer 2013

Posted on 2013-05-17
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Hi,

When I try to open a vsd file with visio viewer 2007/2010 or 2013 , internet explorer9  threats the file as a download.
It saves a copy in the download folder.
When I choose open, I see a window that opens for a second an then nothing happens.

Please advise,
Paul
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Hi Paul,

This is driving me crazy, because I know I've answered this on some forum a million years ago, and I can't find the answer anywhere.

Backing up, why do you want to open the file in the Viewer? Is it for testing purposes?

If so, there are three things you can do:

1. Make your own "viewer app" (if you're a programmer). You can dump the Visio Viewer control onto a windows form, and maybe add a browse button or enable drag-and-drop to load the Visio Viewer control with the desired drawing.
2. Make an html page that has the viewer wrapped in the proper <embed> or <object> tag (whatever it is) and set the 'src' property (I think that's what it is...) with the path to the drawing you want to test. That should force the browser to load the drawing in the viewer/in the web page
3. eMail the drawing to yourself. I'm pretty sure Outlook is using the viewer to preview Visio drawings.
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Hi Visio_Guy,

Thanks for the solutions, fortunately we have some good programmers. We made our own viewer as descibed in solution 1.

Solution 3 is indeed a quick work around, but not usefull when opening a lot of visio files.

Paeep
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