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I'm trying to find a way to open XPS files in a Firefox tab. I'm able to open them in Internet Explorer, but I would like them to open directly in Firefox without having to switch application.

I've tried to configure an IE Tab extension, but it doesn't work.

I'd like detailed instructions to do so, if possible.

Thanks in advance

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There is also a standalone XPS viewer available from Microsoft, if you are unaware of it. It is the default XPS viewer on Windows 7. –  paradroid Dec 30 '10 at 13:52

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  1. Download the IE tab addin for Firefox
  2. Install it
  3. Then the clever bit open options
  4. Set up a URL thus: /^file:\/\/\/.*.(xps)$/

Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/ajames/archive/2008/11/08/reading-xps-files-using-firefox-3.x.aspx IETab: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419/

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Unfortunately, there is not just one IE tabs, but many . And none of them works. –  Johan Buret Dec 31 '10 at 10:08

When XPS Viewer is installed, it adds filters to the system to view and render .xps files. No time was put into making a graphical interface for XPS... so, the executable is only a formality to have something to reference. All it does is call IE passing it the file name.

However, MS goofed (surprise!) by directing it to the default internet browser instead of IE... (the backwards problem of forcing all internet addresses to open in IE instead of default...)

So, change the default application from XPS Viewer to IE. That is the expected behavior and corrects the problem.

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