That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could help you..
You could make a self-extracting .exe file with WinZip. This does not require the user to have a zip program. As far as I know, there is no way to keep the file from opening in a separate window. The only way it won't is if the user does not have Word installed, and then it wouldn't be of any use anyway..
I just want the save window to come up when they click and then they can click the save button. I could give them instructions to "right click" and "save as" or go file save once the file is open but I don't think they will understand that. Also if it opens in another window they probably won't realize that it opened in word and can save the file. I'm also trying to keep the pages free of clutter like instructions due to the heavy amount of text content already on the screen. I was just wondering if anyone had even seen some code that made a "left click" respond like a "right click" and "save as"..
PS. I'm not trying to make anyone "work hard". What I propose will be no harder than downloading an exe. I'm just trying to do something a little differnet and give myself a chalange...
Well, you should consider your users before making a challenge for yourself. All this switch left click to perform like right click, and force download of something that displays in the browser (IE5.5 and above) is making a usability nightmare..
Your taking away what the user can rely on and expect..
So, if you want to make it harder for your users (IE: make them download files, save to somewhere, go and get the file, and then open it) rather than just let it open... sure go ahead..
I only MAKE my users download something that they have chosen to (IE: download a zip of this file). Otherwise I display it. Better yet, I preview it in the browser for them..
Last option? save it as a txt file, and then it should download automatically. Keep in mind that the reason that ms lets IE open doc, xls files in the browser is because it's time and brain saving. Its easier. Sometimes there is no need to download a file when all you want to do is read it...
The word documents don't need to be previewd they are forms that user wants to download, edit, then fill out. They know whats on the form or else they wouldn't be downloading it. They are currently in PDF form which makes the forms unable for the user to edit. I'm trying to give them the ablity to download an editable version...
Why not just make a link that prints the form instead? or better yet, have them fill out the form ONLINE..
Why all this bother with forcing 'a farmer' to download, search for, open, edit, save, and maybe either send as attachment.... or print something..
To you this may seem to be an easy task, but your not the farmer who cant take instructions on 'right click, save as'..
I'm not trying to say that your idea won't work... but it's hardly the most efficient means at your disposal. I believe that making the form online would be far simpler for the end user (count the number of steps and mouseclicks). I wean people off of paper forms all day long. Most people who've purchased something off of ebay/ amazon/ sent and email ... have already filled out an online form...