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Embedded jpg links in Excel 2003 insist on opening IE11

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    Posts : 7
    win 8.1

    Embedded jpg links in Excel 2003 insist on opening IE11


    I have a lot of excel spreadsheets with embedded links to jpg and pdf documents stored on an NAS. In both Win XP and Win 7 I could set the file association to make them always open in the Win picture preview pane.

    In Win 8.1 they will ONLY open in IE11.

    I have changed the registry as directed by MS in this article to no avail.

    How to configure Internet Explorer to open Office documents in the appropriate Office program instead of in Internet Explorer

    Locate the subkey for the specific Office document type. The following table lists the subkeys for several common Office document types. Microsoft Office Excel 97-
    2003 Worksheet Excel.Sheet.8

    After you identify the subkey for the specific Office document type, follow these steps:
    If the Office document is an Microsoft Office Excel document, add the following value for all Microsoft Office Excel subkeys except the Excel.Sheet.5 subkey:
    Value name: BrowserFlags
    Data type: REG_DWORD
    Value: 8



    Anyone else having this problem? I do not want to view them in IE which is harder to zoom, and my habits do not change as easily as MS thinks they should.

    Ideas?

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Did you try the Fix it option ?

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    win 8.1


    Yes it did nothing and so I went to the manual registry adjustment.
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    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    I'm probably missing something and you've already done it but have you tried manually assigning the file extension via control panel ?

    Control Panel / Display Icons
    Click on Default Programs
    Associate a file or protocol with a specific program

    Resistering associations via the Set Default Programs doesn't seem to work or the associations don't "stick" sometimes so it's better to use this method. Or you could go to file explorer, locate a file with the desired extension then right click / open with : choose default program/ and select or navigate through the explorer to the launching app.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have you tried setting file associations ?

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    Posts : 7
    win 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    I'm probably missing something and you've already done it but have you tried manually assigning the file extension via control panel ?

    Control Panel / Display Icons
    Click on Default Programs
    Associate a file or protocol with a specific program

    Resistering associations via the Set Default Programs doesn't seem to work or the associations don't "stick" sometimes so it's better to use this method. Or you could go to file explorer, locate a file with the desired extension then right click / open with : choose default program/ and select or navigate through the explorer to the launching app.
    That was the first place I thought would change it - no luck (I tried inserting a picture but the "paste from your PC" is grayed out??
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