How To Stop Internet Explorer Opening Office Documents In The Browser

March 7th, 2008

By default, Internet Explorer opens Excel and Word files within the browser window. This can be annoying if you want to work with them in the real applications. To get IE to always open these files using the correct application:

  • click Start >> Control Panel >> Folder Options
  • click on the File Types tab
  • find the XLS file type in the list and click on it
  • click on the Advanced button
  • uncheck the “Browse in same window” option
  • click OK to close the Edit File Type dialog
  • find the DOC file type and repeat the above three steps
  • click OK to close the Folder Options dialog

Entry Filed under: MS Windows

5 Comments

  • 1. Shane  |  September 2nd, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Splendid. Saved me a lot of time . Cheers

  • 2. Shane  |  September 2nd, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Next question: Is it possible to take the above step and turn it into a script to deploy??

  • 3. Darren  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I don’t know much about Windows scripting, but I’m sure it’s possible somehow. If someone would like to email me a script to do this, I’ll happily add it to this page.

  • 4. SIS  |  October 19th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Thank You! Worked like a charm!

  • 5. Merc  |  September 24th, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Godsend!


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