[thelist] telling IE not to open text files

Joshua Olson joshua at waetech.com
Thu Sep 16 19:34:26 CDT 2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joel D Canfield
> Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 7:30 PM
> On our intranet we frequently link to live documents using the 'file'
> protocol, assuming the doc will open in its native application. Text
> files don't, they open in IE. I should know how to stop that, but I'm
> coming down with a cold and can't think clearly.
> How do I tell IE to launch the default *.txt application?


Add the content-disposition header.  Set it's value to "attachment;
Then, set the content-type to application/unknown so that IE will have to
guess which app to use.

That should do the trick.

Joshua Olson
Web Application Engineer
WAE Tech Inc.

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