How to Open Word Documents in the Internet Explorer Frame

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How to Open Word Documents in the Internet Explorer Frame
Opening Word documents in IE is one way to stay organised. (document image by AGphotographer from

Microsoft Word is a program that allows users to write, edit and design documents. Word files are saved with the file extension ".DOC." By default, clicking a link to a Word-formatted document in Internet Explorer will cause the file to open in Microsoft Word. Many users opt to change their system settings to force these files to open right in the Internet Explorer window instead of through an additional program.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Word document (.doc extension)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

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  1. 1

    Double-click the "My Computer" icon on your Windows desktop. You can also find "My Computer" in your "Start" menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Tools" on the menu bar at the top of the "My Computer" window. Move the mouse cursor to the bottom of the menu and click "Folder Options."

  3. 3

    Select the "File Types" tab. It may take a few minutes for your computer to compile the information required to display this tab.

  4. 4

    Scroll through the list of file types until you locate "DOC." Select the "DOC" file type, then click "Advanced."

  5. 5

    Check the box next to "Browse in Same Window." Click "OK," then close the file options window. As long as the "Browse in Same Window" box remains checked, any links to Word documents you find in Internet Explorer will open right in the IE window.

Tips and warnings

  • Vista Users: Unfortunately, there is no way to make Word documents open in Internet Explorer with Windows Vista without editing the Windows registry--a risky practice.
  • If you wish to edit the Windows registry to allow this file function, check out "Windows Registry Tool" in Resources. Microsoft offers a free service called "Fix it," which will automatically change the necessary registry settings.
  • Always play it safe when downloading or browsing unknown files. When it comes to computer security, prevention is far superior to recovery.
  • Any time you change information in your Windows registry, there is a chance your operating system installation could suffer serious damage. Tread carefully.

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