If you have MS-Word for Windows or any of its derivatives (MS-Office, Office 97, etc.) currently installed on your computer, there is better than a 50/50 chance that it is already set-up to be launched when your Browser starts the download of a DOC, DOT or RTF file.
To test the process: Select one of our sample AD, TC or FAR files. There are three possibilities: (Test file TC P44GL)
In the case of No. 2 or 3 above; you're done. The association has already been created. You don't have to read anymore.
If all you see is the "Save Location" dialog box, then your goal is to create an 'association' between the File Type "RTF" and an application that can open the RTF File Type and display the text file data.
The following may seem a little convoluted, but that is the nature of MS-Windows. However, with just a little work here, the results are actually quite impressive. With your System properly configured, when you click on a Filename, the file will be downloaded, MS-Word will be launched and the file will be displayed retaining all of its formatting and giving you the power and flexibility of having the file in a "Full Blown" word processor with features like; Save, Save As and Cut & Paste at your fingertips.
Note: We are not big fans of Microsoft, however, for this part of the job RTF was the obvious choice and MS-Word does the best job of creating and then redisplaying an RFT file. Other Viewers, Editors and Word Processors can display RTF files, however, the formatting is frequently not reproduced correctly. The problem deals with Printer Definitions, Fonts and the way Tabs and Spaces are interpreted. That is why Adobe created the PDF file format, which we reject out-of-hand.
Internet Explorer is a bit more complicated (indirect) in this regard than Netscape in that you must work in Windows and not the Browser. If you have a copy of MS-Word for Windows or any of its derivatives (MS-Office, Office 97, etc.) currently installed on your computer, the task is not too hard.
The following is an excerpt for the Windows 95 Help System (My Computer | View | Folder Options | File Types):
To change which program starts when you open a file:
Tip: For Help on an item, click on the ? at the top of the dialog box, and then click the item.