tygeddar tygeddar - 8 months ago 15
HTML Question

How to disable the option "open" in Internet Explorer when I click a link containing ms office document?

I have a problem. My site is containing ms office documents (doc,xls). When users click on a link in Internet Explorer they get the choice to either "open", "save" or "save as". How do I disable the option "Open"? I do not want the user to open the file.


The X-Download-Options HTTP response header was introduced in IE8 to control visibility of the "Open" button on the file download dialog. I wrote about this header here: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/07/02/ie8-security-part-v-comprehensive-protection.aspx

This header partially obsoletes existing "DownloadOptions" META tag which was introduced in IE6 on XPSP2: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms533689(VS.85).aspx