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I'm having some issues with a barcode scanner I'm using in a web application calld Aura, specifically designed for school libraries.

Every time a barcode is scanned IE9 will open it's download manager after which the user has to close it manually, which is completely unnecessary. In other browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome) this happens as well, but with their download manager.

IE9 is used most frequently at the company I work at (sad enough :/), so this browser is the only one that has priority when it comes to fixing this issue.

So in short, is there a way to prevent IE9's download manager from popping up?


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Just to be explicit - rolling back to IE8 isn't an option? – Shinrai Mar 28 '12 at 14:52
Do you know why IE is trying to download a file when you scan? – uSlackr Mar 28 '12 at 14:55
We see it as our last resort, if there aren't any other ways to fix or work around this issue. – jewetnit Mar 28 '12 at 14:55
@uSlackr, no I'm not sure, I was expecting it to handle the barcode scanner like any other input device, in the end, all information send by the scanner is a string of symbols. – jewetnit Mar 28 '12 at 14:57
I think you might want to focus on what about the data makes IE want to download something rather then break the download manager. As soon as you do, the user will need to download something. IMO, you aren't chasing the right issue yet. – uSlackr Mar 28 '12 at 15:01

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