When downloading files using Internet Explorer, you may see the Open/Save confirmation box (as shown below) for certain file types. If you uncheck the Always ask before opening this type of file checkbox, the preference is saved in the user part of the registry. Also, the configuration is stored in a separate registry value for each file type.

Here is how to reset the Open/Save choice for a specific file type or all file types in Internet Explorer in Windows XP/Vista, Outlook Express and Windows Mail.

EXAMPLE

For example, if you download an Word 2003 file from a Web site and uncheck the above option. the registry is updated with the following registry entry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell \ AttachmentExecute \ {0002DF01-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

Value name: Word.Document.8
Value type: REG_NONE

Where Word.Document.8 is the ProgID for .doc file types. Examples of other ProgIDs are txtfile, WinZip, xmlfile, wmvfile and so forth.

WINDOWS XP

To reset the Always ask before opening this type of file choice in Windows XP, use these steps:

1. Click Start, Run and type CONTROL FOLDERS

2. Select File Types tab

3. Select the file type from the list for which you wish to reset the Open/Save as option

4. Click Advanced

5. Enable the option named Confirm open after download

6. Click OK.

  

WINDOWS VISTA

As Windows Vista does not have the File Types tab in the Folder Options applet, you need to edit the registry  in order to reset the Open/Save choice made earlier in Internet Explorer.

1. Click Start, type Regedit.exe and press ENTER

2. Navigate to the following branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell \ AttachmentExecute \ {0002DF01-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

3. In the right-pane, right-click on the appropriate entry and choose Delete

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

OUTLOOK EXPRESS / WINDOWS MAIL

Outlook Express and Windows Mail store the Always ask before opening this type of file choice in a different registry key. It’s here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell \ AttachmentExecute \ {DEEAA3EC-685F-46AE-8110-8D39A0556B78}

RESETTING THE OPTION FOR ALL FILE TYPES

To reset the Always ask before opening this type of file choice for ALL file types, you don’t even have to open Regedit.exe. You can accomplish this using the Reg.exe command-line tool.

For Internet Explorer in Windows XP and Windows Vista

Open a Command Prompt window (CMD.EXE) and type:

For Outlook Express & Windows Mail

Note: To prevent formatting or syntax errors, copy the text from the text box above and paste it exactly in the Command Prompt window.


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8 Comments

  1. cd
    said this on Thursday, December 20th 2012 7:18 pm

    Can’t go through every file type and do this… Is there a global registry setting or a GPO setting ?

  2. Blah BlahBlahBlah
    said this on Saturday, August 25th 2012 10:32 pm

    Didn’t work, I have no 0002DF01-0000-0000-C000-000000000046 key available in the path specified in Vista’s registry.

  3. Jerry
    said this on Saturday, January 1st 2011 8:51 pm

    Thanks worked like a charm

  4. Blue Field
    said this on Thursday, November 25th 2010 1:25 am

    It works for Word(.doc) but not for text(.txt).
    For text file, “Always ask before opening this type of file” check box is not available in the File download dialog box at all.

  5. Anne
    said this on Friday, November 12th 2010 10:51 pm

    Thanks so much!! It worked perfectly

  6. DMcL1971
    said this on Saturday, October 23rd 2010 5:21 pm

    The instructions for Vista also work for Windows 7.

  7. Ravi Chandra
    said this on Monday, August 2nd 2010 10:29 am

    Worked fine for IE8 in Win XP. Try the CMD.exe tip

  8. jay
    said this on Friday, July 23rd 2010 5:26 pm

    dude its not working for IE 7 word file….

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