Setting preferences to open word in browser (not save to desktop)

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  1. kate macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    Would like to change preferences using IE 5.1, and Netscape 7.1, in Mac 0S 8.6, to open office documents in the brower. I have Microsoft
    office 98 installed, and all links to office documents in
    IE & Netscape keep saving to the desktop - when all i want to do is
    view the documents. Anyone know how?

    Cheers

    Kate
     
  2. HexMonkey Administrator

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    Here's a possible solution for IE. I can't test it because I have OS X and a newer version of IE (and use Safari as a primary browser), but try the following:

    Go to preferences, under 'Receiving Files' select 'File Helpers'. Click add and put in the appropriate information. Eg for Word:
    Extension:.doc
    MIME type: applicaton/msword
    File type: WDBN
    File creator: MSWD
    Application: Microsoft Word
    etc

    Not sure if this will work, but give it a go.
     
  3. hobbes3113 macrumors regular

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    Is this something that can be done in OS X? This would be particulary useful for .pdf documents.
     
  4. HexMonkey Administrator

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    In Safari, go to Preferences, General tab, then click on the 'Open "safe" files after downloading' checkbox.
     
  5. mms macrumors 6502a

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    For pdf, I don't think you can view it using Preview. However, there is a cross-browser plugin that lets you see pdfs in the browser. Highly recommended.
    http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/

    I just noticed that the same company has a Word browser plugin. I haven't tried it, and I don't view that many word docs on the internet, but it might b worth a try if you're using OS X.
     
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    There is a plugin available for Safari to view PDF files, but it's not as fast as Preview, though it is faster than Acrobat Reader.

    edit: darn you mms, and this bloody nose too!
     
  7. hobbes3113 macrumors regular

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    I know how to get the file to open after it downloads, my question is if there is a way toi get it to open up directly in Safari.

    edit: Thanks mms, I'll give that a try.
     
  8. kate thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Thanks HexMonkey, you were right ... though file type i ended up using was W8DN...

    Thanks again - going make my job of tech checking edu sites on macs much easier ...
     

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