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Firefox is not opening attached .xls file from any opened page.

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In IE I can normally open any .xls or .doc file from any website. In Firefox I can't. I just get the message Transfer error and there stays that transfer is impossible.

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Firefox doesn't display .xls or .doc file types, as they aren't an internet type of file. They're a word processing type of file. OpenOffice has a Mozilla browser plugin that will allow those file types to be viewed using OpenOffice in a Firefox tab, similar to how the Adobe Reader plugin displays PDF file using Adobe Reader in a Firefox tab. OpenOffice with the Mozilla plugin is about the closest you're going to get to being able to view those file types in Firefox. If Microsoft offered an Office plugin for Firefox, those files could be displayed by Office in a Firefox tab the same as OpenOffice does with Firefox.

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Other things that need attention.
See http://www.mozilla.com/plugincheck/

Your above posted system details show outdated plugin(s) with known security and stability risks that you should update.

  1. Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.3.2"
  2. Shockwave Flash 10.0 r32
  3. Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_20 for Mozilla browsers

Update the Flash plugin to the latest version.

Update the Java plugin to the latest version.

Update the Adobe Reader plugin to the latest version.