Wednesday, August 30, 2006

SnTT - Links and MS Office

My boss pointed out a "problem" to me the other day. It's not really a Notes issue, but it involves us. Lets say someone sends you a link to a file on the network in a memo. When you create the link, you create the hotspot as a URL. Example would be K:\NetworkShare\WordFile.doc or K:\NetworkShare\ExcelFile.xls. When you click on the link in the memo, does it open Word or Excel, or, does it open IE with the embedded Office app? In our case, it was opening IE with the embedded app. While you can still edit and save the document, it still isn't the full client. That is where the problem came in. I ended up calling support, and they shared the following links with me to Microsoft's support site:
One way of fixing it is to apply changes to the registry. An easy way to fix it however is to do the following:

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.

Repeat the steps for Excel, but choose XLS instead of DOC in step 3. One problem though, this doesn't work for PowerPoint files. I mean it will open the PPT's, it will only open them in slide show mode. Haven't found a way around that yet, but I'm still looking.

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Anonymous said...

Great investigation. Thanks for sharing!

Andy Donaldson said...

Thanks for reading!