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can I open an outlook .oft file extension from a hyperlink in internet explorer?

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I have a hyperlink on a intranet web page that points to a file with a .oft extension. It will not open the file in outlook when I click on the link using internet explorer. Is there a way to get this to open in outlook if we all have outlook installed on our pc? If I double click on the file itself in a folder on our server it opens correctly in outlook.

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Rick
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by:John Hurst
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I think you mean OST file and this is the Outlook offline file that (a) can be opened by Outlook and (b) synchronizes back to Exchange. It does not open by a web link. So just use your Outlook to open it.

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Hello,

I've been having trouble finding information on this, but if the OFT file (Outlook template) is hosted on an IIS server, is the server setup to send OFT files as application/octet-stream?

Also, if this is an IIS server, can you access the IIS Manager on your server, go to your website folder's properties.  There I think should be a section on HTTP headers tag,  choose Mime types and add a mime type for OFT files.
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Thank you for your help. All I had to do was add mime type and the hyperlink works perfect.
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Rick
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Sure thing, glad that worked!
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