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How in the world do you configure IE8 to NOT open excel documents in its window.

There was a setting ("Browse in same window") in XP under Folder Options > File Types where you could specify the behaviour. Nothing like that exists in Vista/Windows 7. Why the hell is that even the default behaviour? Why yes, I would like to open this excel file in the browser window with no toolbars. /sarcasm

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It looks like the capability to do this was removed from the GUI in Windows 7.

Have a read of the following for instructions on how to change the behaviour via the registry to how you want it:
- How to configure Internet Explorer to open Office documents in the appropriate Office program instead of in Internet Explorer
- A new window opens when you try to view a 2007 Microsoft Office program document in Windows Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8

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Thanks for the links. The Windows 7 Taskforce website looks like a great place to vent. :D –  user21549 Feb 17 '10 at 15:37
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Excel.Sheet.8]
"BrowserFlags"=dword:00000008

I pulled this from an XP machine running Office 2003 and put it in a Windows 7 machine running Office 2003. This will force Excel to open in Excel rather than inside IE 8.

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To freshen and complete this...

This is related to new Excel 2007 behaviour and the second link provided by SIM worked, it gives you a downloadable FixIt program from Microsoft.

For those who already have the regedit open/quick fix, you simply replace the 00008 with 80000a00 to set it to open in the browser not externally via excel.exe.

This also works in IE9. HTH

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