Saving .dotx template RRS feed

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  • I'm trying to save a .dotx word template being accessed from an internal Apache server using IE 11 but it changes the file type to a .docx.  Other browers (Chrome, Firefox) save the file as a .dotx.  Reviewing the web traffic I see that IE recognizes the file as a .dotx but I don't understand why it tries to save it as a .docx.  This was tested with machines both on\off our domain to rule out any type of GPO that may be causing this.  Any help/insight would be appreciated.
    Friday, January 6, 2017 8:59 PM

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  • Hi,

    f12>Networking tab, click the Start button, return to your site (without closing the dev tool) and click your download button.... and save the template doc to your downloads folder as prompted (docx)...
    Return to the Networking tab and double click on the download response to view its header...

    expected mime-type: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.template


    Generally MSIE browsers differ from gecko or webkit browsers in 2 ways.

    1. the browser security model.... IE browsers use security zones, others apply security restrictions by site... Use the File>Properties menu in IE to determine which IE security zone your site has been mapped to... In your development environment where you are using a local server, it may not map to the same IE security zone as your production environment. By default localhost maps to the Internet Zone... Use the Security tab of Internet Options to place localhost in the same zone as your production environment. Click the Reset all zones to default button on the security tab, to ensure that your test environment is using your companies security zone settings. For the security zone that your site maps to, review the settings for downloading unsafe files.(eg. change from don't prompt to prompt).

    2. the Addons/Plugins model... this is probably not applicable in your case, but your testing suite should include passes using browsers in their noAddons mode. IE11 does not support the HTML5.1 download attribute on a tags... use the "Save target as" context menu option instead.

    Here is a link to a public site that offers Office Document Template downloads in zipped format(because it is a public facing site, that will map by default to the client browsers default security settings.. On IE, this will be the Internet zone. allows you to open and save an office document (based on your chosen template) ONLY to your OneDrive Folders. The actual template document is never downloaded to the client.



    Friday, January 6, 2017 10:36 PM