Wednesday, 08 September 2004

The awesome and bloggerific KC Lemson points to a Knowledge Base article that describes how to tell Internet Explorer to leave your Office documents and files alone when you're opening them from a web server via hyperlink. We use SharePoint where I work, and it can be downright annoying at times when a document opens in-line in Internet Explorer when what I really want is for it to open in the application that was used to create it.

This is easy but good stuff - excerpt from the KB article:

To configure Internet Explorer to open Office files in the appropriate Office program by using the Folder Options tool:

  1. Open My Computer.
  2. On the Tools menu (or the View menu), click Folder Options (or click Options).
  3. Click the File Types tab.
  4. In the Registered file types list, click the specific Office document type (for example, Microsoft Excel Worksheet), and then click Advanced (or click Edit).
  5. In the Edit File Type dialog box, click to clear the Browse in same window check box (or click to clear the Open Web documents in place check box).
  6. Click OK.

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Wednesday, 08 September 2004 21:49:35 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Friday, 10 September 2004 16:30:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
excellent! thanks for highlighting this! i wish the same option were available for PDF files....
Friday, 10 September 2004 18:11:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Awesome, sure yeah that's just run of the mill, of *course* I'm awesome... but BLOGGERIFIC? oh, you flatter me.

Friday, 10 September 2004 19:44:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
KC - Using the word "blog" in every form of English expression is my goal. Noun, verb, adjective, adverb, you name it! :-P

Seriously though - your posts are gems, I really appreciate them.
Sunday, 12 September 2004 22:27:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

I have done the settings you suggest.
When trying to edit a word document in a WSS site I get the following message, "The document could not be edited. The required application may not be installed properly, or the requested document cannot be opened. Please ensure that necessary application is installed and that path to the document is correct. If the application was send to install on first use, run the application and then try editing a document again".
I have Windows XP and Office XP.
Do I have to run Office 2003?

Hans Rosander
Hans Rosander
Sunday, 12 September 2004 22:31:24 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Yes, Office 2003 is required to get the full integration with SharePoint 2003, due to the changes that were made to tighten up the integration between the apps and the services. Office XP will result in the error you described.

If you have access to Office 2003, you really should give it a try - It's leaps and bounds better (IMHO) than Office XP or any other version.
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