How to change Internet Explorer to open linked files in Word 2000 instead of in the browser

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
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SUMMARY

In Microsoft Internet Explorer, when you click a link to a Word document, by default, Internet Explorer opens the Word document "in-place" in the Web browser. This article describes how to open linked documents in Microsoft Word, instead of opening them in-place.

Note To determine if Internet Explorer opened the Word document in-place, click the Help menu. If About Internet Explorer is listed, the Word document was opened in-place. Also, if the Microsoft Internet Explorer toolbar and Address bar are available, the document was opened in place.

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To change the functionality of Microsoft Internet Explorer to open a Word document in a separate Microsoft Word window, instead of opening it in-place, use one of the following methods.

Note After you use one of the following methods, when you click a Web page link to a Word document, Internet Explorer opens the document in read-only mode, in a separate Microsoft Word window, instead of opening it in-place in Internet Explorer. To save the Word document as a new file on your computer, click Save As on the File menu.

Method 1: Turn Off the "Browse in Same Window" Option (Preferred Method)

  1. Double-click My Computer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  3. On the File Types tab, in the Registered file types box, click to select the file type that you want to change. For example, click to select Microsoft Word Document.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. In the Edit File Type dialog box, click to clear the Browse in same window check box, and then click OK.
  6. Click Close to close the Folder Options dialog box.
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
162059 Office Documents Open in Internet Explorer

Method 2: Modify the Windows Registry

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
  1. Quit all Windows programs, including Microsoft Word 2000 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type regedit and then click OK.
  4. Modify the Word.Document.8 key. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Open the following Windows registry key (folder):
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.Document.8
    2. With the Word.Document.8 key selected, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
    3. Type BrowserFlags and then press ENTER.
    4. With BrowserFlags selected, click Modify on the Edit menu.
    5. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type 00000008 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  5. Modify the Word.Picture.8 key. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Open the following Windows registry key:
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.Picture.8
    2. With the Word.Picture.8 key selected, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
    3. Type BrowserFlags and then press ENTER.
    4. With BrowserFlags selected, click Modify on the Edit menu.
    5. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type 00000008 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  6. Modify the Word.RTF.8 key. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Open the following Windows registry key:
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.RTF.8
    2. With the Word.RTF.8 key selected, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
    3. Type BrowserFlags and then press ENTER.
    4. With BrowserFlags selected, click Modify on the Edit menu.
    5. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type 00000008 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  7. On the Registry menu, click Exit.

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Article ID: 254918 - Last Review: January 27, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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