How to configure Internet Explorer to open Office documents in the appropriate Office program instead of in Internet Explorer

Symptoms

When you click an HTML link to a Microsoft Office file (such as a Microsoft Word or Excel document), Internet Explorer may open the file in Internet Explorer, instead of opening the file in the appropriate Office program.

Cause

This behavior may occur if Internet Explorer is configured to host documents for Office programs that are installed on the computer. By default, Internet Explorer is configured to host documents for Office programs.

Resolution

To have us configure Internet Explorer to open Office files in the appropriate Office program for you, go to the "Here's an easy fix" section. If you prefer to fix this problem manually, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Here's an easy fix

To fix this problem automatically, click the Download button. In the File Download dialog box, click Run or Open, and then follow the steps in the easy fix wizard.
  • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
  • If you’re not on the computer that has the problem, save the easy fix solution to a flash drive or a CD, and then run it on the computer that has the problem.
For Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8


For Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003

Let me fix it myself

More Information

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

927009 A new window opens when you try to view a 2007 Microsoft Office program document in Windows Internet Explorer 7

982995 A new application window opens when you try to view an Office 2010 document in Internet Explorer 7 or in Internet Explorer 8
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Article ID: 162059 - Last Review: Aug 15, 2016 - Revision: 1

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