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In a corporate intranet, I'd like to provide Microsoft Word templates (.dot files) as, well, document templates. Users should be able to click the file attached to a topic, then select to open the file, after which Word should be launched and create a new document (called Document1).

However, in Internet Explorer 7, the file is directly opened in the browser (Word embedded in IE). Since this is less usable in general and in particular does not provide a save function (menu bar is completely missing), this is not a feasible solution.

While I understand that in general the browser settings dictate what to do with a file, I know that there's a possibility to tweak Mimetypes and/or HTTP headers so that the reaction of the browser may be changed. I would prefer this to changing browser settings, since I would need to do this for every workstation in the environment.

Can anyone help? What can I do to make IE using 'real' Word? What other best practice are you using for document templates?

Your help is truly appreciated.


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-- FelixKaiser - 15 Feb 2007


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Hi again, may I bring your attention to this one again? I haven't found any information in the support area nor do I have a clue where to find additional info, so as mentioned, your help is truly appreciated. Thanks, Felix

-- FelixKaiser - 21 Feb 2007

Sorry, closing this question after more than 30 days...

-- PeterThoeny - 02 Apr 2007

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