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To open this workbook, your computer must have a version of Microsoft Excel installed and your Web browser must support opening files directly from Excel in the

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Im trying to open an excel file from a shared website, i used to be able to open them in Excel when i used Internet Explorer, now all i see is the spreadsheet in a webpage, when i try to open in the file in Excel (there is a tab that asks do you want to open in excel) i get a message "To open this workbook, your computer must have a version of Microsoft Excel installed and your Web browser must support opening files directly from Excel in the browser."

Im trying to open an excel file from a shared website, i used to be able to open them in Excel when i used Internet Explorer, now all i see is the spreadsheet in a webpage, when i try to open in the file in Excel (there is a tab that asks do you want to open in excel) i get a message "To open this workbook, your computer must have a version of Microsoft Excel installed and your Web browser must support opening files directly from Excel in the browser."

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Do you have Excel installed?
If so, can you use Internet Explorer for that website?

AFAIK, Microsoft doesn't have an add-on for Firefox to allow Excel to be opened from inside Firefox. It may or may not work properly depending upon whether that website uses a proper MIME-type for the files it delivers.

Another way of handling that would be via Open Office or Libre Office; both are open source (free) programs which will display XLS (Excel) files, and both programs have a Mozilla browser plugin to allow Firefox to open the "Calc" part of those programs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LibreOffice
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_OpenOffice

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Do you have Excel installed?
If so, can you use Internet Explorer for that website?

AFAIK, Microsoft doesn't have an add-on for Firefox to allow Excel to be opened from inside Firefox. It may or may not work properly depending upon whether that website uses a proper MIME-type for the files it delivers.

Another way of handling that would be via Open Office or Libre Office; both are open source (free) programs which will display XLS (Excel) files, and both programs have a Mozilla browser plugin to allow Firefox to open the "Calc" part of those programs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LibreOffice
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_OpenOffice

Do you have Excel installed? <br /> If so, can you use Internet Explorer for that website? AFAIK, Microsoft doesn't have an add-on for Firefox to allow Excel to be opened from inside Firefox. It may or may not work properly depending upon whether that website uses a proper MIME-type for the files it delivers. Another way of handling that would be via Open Office or Libre Office; both are open source ''(free)'' programs which will display XLS ''(Excel)'' files, and both programs have a Mozilla browser plugin to allow Firefox to open the "Calc" part of those programs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LibreOffice <br /> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_OpenOffice

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thanks for the reply, very helpful, much appreciated.

thanks for the reply, very helpful, much appreciated.