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Word document links won't open in latest Firefox

Posted on 2014-12-11
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Hello,

We recently installed the latest version of Firefox on one of our Mac user's computers.  The user is not able to open word document links in the browser.  They do not download or prompt the user to open and/or save.  They just do nothing.  Has anyone experienced this issue and possibly how to fix it?

Thanks,
Mike
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by:strung
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Go in to the FF preferences to the Applications Tab and see what the settings are for "Word Document".
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strung,

There is nothing listed for "Word Document."
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Do you mean that "Word Document" isn't there or there is no action specified? See screenshot. Does you prefs panel look like that? If not, pleas post a screenshot.
Screen-Shot-2014-12-11-at-4.29.01-PM.pdf
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It is also possible that the link the user is clicking on does not actually link to a Word document.

Have your user try this link:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/416/phs416-7.doc
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by:cheesebugah
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I was able to get the listing for Word Document into Firefox, but I still cannot open a link on our intranet site to a word document with Firefox.  If I go to the location of the document on our fileserver, it opens just fine.

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by:cheesebugah
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The link you supplied worked just fine.  The links used to work in Firefox before the upgrade to the latest version.
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The problem may be the difference between PC and Mac (Unix) paths. If the file path you are using on your intranet is a PC style path with backslashes, it won't work with a Mac which uses forward slashes. (There are other differences too.)

I am not sure why it would have worked with an older version of Firefox.

Can you properly open other types of document on your intranet?
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by:strung
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See if anything here helps:

https://wordpress.org/support/topic/create-links-to-files-from-local-intranet

It refers to a Firefox add-on for opening local links. Perhaps you had that add-on in the old version of Firefox, but it is incompatible with the new version and needs updating.
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I installed the add-on, which now give me the option of right-clicking on the link and selecting "Open Link in Local Context."  So, when selecting to open the link, I am now taken to "File not found," with the path listed.  This makes me think that this Mac is not understanding the path to the file?  In the second link you just provided, the guy states that he had to add several slashes to get it to work?  What the heck?  This is just crazy.
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By the way, it is not just word docs that are having this issue, it is anything associated with a path to the fileserver.
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In that case, it is likely the path issue. Macs use Unix path names. Windows uses a different protocol.


Here is a possible solution:  http://www.lobotomo.com/products/WinShortcutter/index.html
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by:cheesebugah
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I am going to try this, but I have to create a dual boot on the Mac as I am currently running Yosemite, which is not compatible as of yet.  I'm going to try to partition the HD and install Snow Leopard on the second partition.  Please bear with me.

Thanks,
Mike
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by:cheesebugah
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Is it possible to change the actual links in the html file to work for both Macs and Windows PC's.  I have access to the intranet website html files.  I tried taking out the word "file:" from the beginning of the link, but that broke the Windows links.  

Thanks,
Cheese
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This solution worked for me.  Thanks for sticking with me strung.
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