When I click on a .docx attachment, Chrome just downloads it. I want it to launch Microsoft Word to open it. How do I change this?

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    You mean like magnet link? I'm not an expert, but I think there should be a protocol handler on both the browser and desktop application. I don't think MS Word can be configured to do that, at least for now. It will be cool to have docx: handler, I think. – Vylix May 7 '17 at 8:21

It is possible and not difficult too. First, download one .docx file. Then, from the download bar at the bottom, click on the chevron to right of the name of the downloaded .docx file. From the context menu that appears, select "Always open files of this type".

"Always open files of this type" in the context menu

You can undo this anytime using the Settings page.

Where to look in "Settings" page for undoing auto-open actions


Find any docx file in windows explorer. Right click and select properties. Select opens with Select the word processor that you want to use. This will change the properties for all docx files on your system.

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    The question is asking how to change what Chrome does, not what Windows does. – Blackwood Sep 5 '18 at 23:44

You can add the chrome official extension to do that (otherwise chrome will just download the file):


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