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I'm trying to force open/save dialog for all files in a document library, how can i achieve this?

What i've trying until now: - document library -> definitions -> advanced definitions -> open in client application - IIS -> MIME TYPES -> set some as application/octet-stream

Thanks, David Esteves

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Do you mean prompt the user to save the file, you don't want it to open automatically in Office?

Just for a library or for your entire site/web app? There's a setting in central admin where you can disable client connectivity, which will simply treat documents like links to open a file, with no integration in SP. However this is a web app setting, not site collection or library.

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Yes, i mean prompt the user to save the file, not only office files, but also any type of file, images, pdfs... I also want to affect every document library in the web application. Thanks for the feedback. – David Esteves Nov 8 '11 at 14:27
(from memory, forgive me if i'm off) In Central Admin > Application Settings > Authentication Providers, select your zone and there is a setting in there for Client Connectivity., Uncheck that and see if that works for you If you can't find it, let me know and I'll get into a SP2007 box. – David Lozzi Nov 8 '11 at 15:03
Nop, i tried but no results. I think it has a slightly different purpose. It can be somehow related with the DispEx javascript function: I'll try to add a dataform to check if the dialog pops-up. – David Esteves Nov 8 '11 at 15:40
Ok, then I think it might be up to the individual browsers, there's a setting in Windows or IE to say open certain file types, or prompt to download. – David Lozzi Nov 8 '11 at 15:57
Thanks for the input. – David Esteves Nov 9 '11 at 12:22
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Well i couldn't find any option at SharePoint, to disable the default behavior. So i just override it with jquery.

Basically SharePoint has a page called download.aspx (located at 12 hive -> LAYOUTS -> Layouts) this page allows to download a file specified in a query string parameter (SourceURL).

The following script must be used at the page containing the library ex: AllItems.aspx

<script type="text/jscript">

$(document).ready(function() {
    $("a[onclick*='DispEx']").each( function(data){
        var href = this.href;
        this.href = '/divisaojuridica/portal/pedidos/_layouts/download.aspx?SourceURL=' + this.href;
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