default word processor

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Frank Jones, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Frank Jones

    Frank Jones Guest

    I have a web site, I have many documents for download by
    my students. They are all composed in MSWord. When someone tries to
    download one of them, IE uses WordPerfect as the program, and many won't
    convert. When Mozilla Firefox is used to access the website, it gives a
    choice of word processing programs. One can choose MSWord or WordPerfect,
    and no conversion is needed. How can I get IE8 to either use MSWord as the
    default or give a choice?
    Frank Jones, Oct 4, 2009
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, Oct 5, 2009
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    Don Varnau Guest

    This is a configuration issue on the computers used to download the DOC

    There has to be a program installed which can open Word documents such as:
    Microsoft Word
    Open Office
    Wordpad (comes installed with all versions of Windows)
    Microsoft Works Word Processor
    Word Viewer

    The user may have to go to Control Panel> Folder Options> File Types to set
    the desired program to open Word DOCs.

    I prefer that Word and other Office documents not open in the browser
    window. Instructions for changing that are at:
    Windows 9x and XP: 162059 - How to Configure Internet Explorer to Open
    Office Documents in the Appropriate Office Program Instead of in IE:


    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Oct 5, 2009
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