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Posted By:      Posted Date: October 03, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

I have added a ribbon bar button to Sharepoint 2010 which, when clicked, does a bit of Javascript stuff then calls:

self.location = '/some/file/path.docx'

In IE8 that launches the download dialog, unless the user has already clicked a document in a document library on that site. In this case the above line triggers the document to be launched in Word, as required. How can I ensure the document always launches in Word, even if it's the first document to be launched from that site?

Thanks! Sam

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