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We are using WSS 3.0. We have a webpart that shows a list of documents in a document library.

If we click on a MS Word file with a doc extension, it opens in MS Word.

However, if we click on a text file with a txt extension, it opens in view mode in the browser.

Is there any way that we can get the txt file to open in notepad?

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I don't think you can do that, unless you do some local registry hacks on each machine that opens files with the content tyep text/plain in notepad instead of in the browser.

The reason that you can open Office documents is that SharePoint uses ActiveX to invoke the office application with its ProgId. Notepad does not have any COM ProgId.

You could make it so that .txt documents are opened in Word though.

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Sigh... this is not solved from SPS 2003, huh? –  Anders Rask Feb 8 '10 at 10:01
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