We have Windows XP/2000 users accessing files like Word, Excel, etc. on an intranet using IE. Sometimes these files open in the browser window, and other times the associated application is launched.
I know that this can be set from Windows Explorer (or My Computer) by selecting Tools > Folder Options > File Types. Then selecting the desired file type (e.g., DOC or XLS), clicking on the "Advanced" button, and checking or unchecking "Browse in same window."
However, some of our users are on "locked down" Citrix desktops and are not able to access these settings.
Is there another way to change the way IE launches files?
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BTW, don't forget that Microsoft lost a patent lawsuit over embedded functions in a web browser and as a result has had to patch IE to open apps in external windows. It may be that you're encountering post-lawsuit versions of IE here.
I don't know if this is JUST an IE issue or a general MS-Windows one. It's possible that Firefox, for example doesn't have this problem, since Eolas (the winner of the lawsuit) has only pursued Microsoft.
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Originally posted by Tim Holloway: BTW, don't forget that Microsoft lost a patent lawsuit over embedded functions in a web browser and as a result has had to patch IE to open apps in external windows...
Interesting -- I didn't know about this. I assume that "external windows" means the associated app, instead of an IE window, right?
Originally posted by Ben Souther: From the server, you can suggest which way the browser open the file by setting the Content-Disposition header...
Thanks, Ben! That seems promising. But to complicate things, these native files (like Word and Excel) are actually attachments in Lotus Notes documents being accessed via IE. The URL is something like...