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IE8 won't open .config files

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Di, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Di

    Di Flightless Bird

    I have Windows 7 and IE8 and I'm fully up to date with patches. When I try to
    open a *.config file with IE it comes in an endless loop where I'm asked if I
    want to save or open the file. Chosing Open, I get the same dialog again.

    If I rename the config file to *.xml opening with IE is fine.

    Why oh why does IE refuse to open .config files? And how can I tell him it's
    ok to do so?

    Thanks,
    Di
     
  2. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:DB8EFC57-3580-492D-A390-9BE03F12DE85@microsoft.com...
    > I have Windows 7 and IE8 and I'm fully up to date with patches. When I try
    > to
    > open a *.config file with IE it comes in an endless loop where I'm asked
    > if I
    > want to save or open the file. Chosing Open, I get the same dialog again.
    >
    > If I rename the config file to *.xml opening with IE is fine.
    >
    > Why oh why does IE refuse to open .config files? And how can I tell him
    > it's
    > ok to do so?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Di


    Err WHY would you want to be opening a .config file in IE in the first
    place?
     
  3. Di

    Di Flightless Bird

    Hi Gordon,
    Thanks for asking :)
    I'm looking at some web.config files. However, I don't have Visual Studio
    installed on my machine (and don't want to do so). I just want the great,
    extremely functional, collapsible view of xml content that IE does so well.

    Seriously, it feels like a unsubstantiated quirk on the part of IE that I'm
    not able to view those files. I'm using a client OS, not a server so IE
    shouldn't be so overzealous as to not allowing me to view a file that is
    anyway harmless.

    Any ideas where I can configure (allow) this?

    Thanks,
    Di

    "Gordon" wrote:

    >
    > "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:DB8EFC57-3580-492D-A390-9BE03F12DE85@microsoft.com...
    > > I have Windows 7 and IE8 and I'm fully up to date with patches. When I try
    > > to
    > > open a *.config file with IE it comes in an endless loop where I'm asked
    > > if I
    > > want to save or open the file. Chosing Open, I get the same dialog again.
    > >
    > > If I rename the config file to *.xml opening with IE is fine.
    > >
    > > Why oh why does IE refuse to open .config files? And how can I tell him
    > > it's
    > > ok to do so?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Di

    >
    > Err WHY would you want to be opening a .config file in IE in the first
    > place?
    >
    > .
    >
     
  4. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    Di wrote:

    > Hi Gordon,
    > Thanks for asking :)
    > I'm looking at some web.config files. However, I don't have Visual Studio
    > installed on my machine (and don't want to do so). I just want the great,
    > extremely functional, collapsible view of xml content that IE does so well.
    >
    > Seriously, it feels like a unsubstantiated quirk on the part of IE that I'm
    > not able to view those files. I'm using a client OS, not a server so IE
    > shouldn't be so overzealous as to not allowing me to view a file that is
    > anyway harmless.
    >
    > Any ideas where I can configure (allow) this?


    Why not associate Notepad with .config files since they are just text? Or
    get Microsoft's XML Notepad and associate it with .config files.
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Boy, are you ever barking up the wrong tree (and in the wrong forest, too).

    Developer-specific resources include:

    MSDN IE Development Forum (post such questions here instead)
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/iewebdevelopment/threads

    Tip: When posting in Developer forums, always include a link to your web
    site or test pages in your first post.

    IE Developer Center
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/default.aspx

    Learn IE8
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/aa740473.aspx

    HTML and DHTML Overviews and Tutorials
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms537623.aspx and

    Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/aa740476.aspx

    Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer (free, stand-alone visual
    debugging tool for IE6, IE7, and IE8)
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=8e6ac106-525d-45d0-84db-dccff3fae677

    Expression Web SuperPreview Release Notes
    http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Web_SuperPreviewReleaseNotes.aspx

    Validators:
    http://validator.w3.org/
    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/



    Di wrote:
    > Hi Gordon,
    > Thanks for asking :)
    > I'm looking at some web.config files. However, I don't have Visual Studio
    > installed on my machine (and don't want to do so). I just want the great,
    > extremely functional, collapsible view of xml content that IE does so
    > well.
    >
    > Seriously, it feels like a unsubstantiated quirk on the part of IE that
    > I'm
    > not able to view those files. I'm using a client OS, not a server so IE
    > shouldn't be so overzealous as to not allowing me to view a file that is
    > anyway harmless.
    >
    > Any ideas where I can configure (allow) this?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Di
    >
    > "Gordon" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:DB8EFC57-3580-492D-A390-9BE03F12DE85@microsoft.com...
    >>> I have Windows 7 and IE8 and I'm fully up to date with patches. When I
    >>> try
    >>> to
    >>> open a *.config file with IE it comes in an endless loop where I'm asked
    >>> if I
    >>> want to save or open the file. Chosing Open, I get the same dialog
    >>> again.
    >>>
    >>> If I rename the config file to *.xml opening with IE is fine.
    >>>
    >>> Why oh why does IE refuse to open .config files? And how can I tell him
    >>> it's
    >>> ok to do so?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Di

    >>
    >> Err WHY would you want to be opening a .config file in IE in the first
    >> place?
    >>
    >> .
     
  6. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:DB8EFC57-3580-492D-A390-9BE03F12DE85@microsoft.com,
    Di <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    > I have Windows 7 and IE8 and I'm fully up to date with
    > patches. When I try to open a *.config file with IE it
    > comes in an endless loop where I'm asked if I want to save
    > or open the file. Chosing Open, I get the same dialog
    > again.
    >
    > If I rename the config file to *.xml opening with IE is
    > fine.
    >
    > Why oh why does IE refuse to open .config files? And how
    > can I tell him it's ok to do so?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Di


    IE is not designed to open or work with those files, unless
    you mean when they are received as an attachment in an e-mail,
    which would be an OE question, not IE. Use a different program
    to open them, such as notepad, wordpad, etc..

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  7. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:B0AEC1FF-96A8-4D44-89FD-636AD4FF3913@microsoft.com,
    Di <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    > Hi Gordon,
    > Thanks for asking :)
    > I'm looking at some web.config files. However, I don't have
    > Visual Studio installed on my machine (and don't want to do
    > so). I just want the great, extremely functional,
    > collapsible view of xml content that IE does so well.
    >
    > Seriously, it feels like a unsubstantiated quirk on the
    > part of IE that I'm not able to view those files. I'm using
    > a client OS, not a server so IE shouldn't be so overzealous
    > as to not allowing me to view a file that is anyway
    > harmless.
    >
    > Any ideas where I can configure (allow) this?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Di
    >
    > "Gordon" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:DB8EFC57-3580-492D-A390-9BE03F12DE85@microsoft.com...
    >>> I have Windows 7 and IE8 and I'm fully up to date with
    >>> patches. When I try to
    >>> open a *.config file with IE it comes in an endless loop
    >>> where I'm asked if I
    >>> want to save or open the file. Chosing Open, I get the
    >>> same dialog again.
    >>>
    >>> If I rename the config file to *.xml opening with IE is
    >>> fine.
    >>>
    >>> Why oh why does IE refuse to open .config files? And how
    >>> can I tell him it's
    >>> ok to do so?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Di

    >>
    >> Err WHY would you want to be opening a .config file in IE
    >> in the first place?
    >>
    >> .


    IE (Internet Explorer) is not a viewer for opening and editing
    files. It is designed to work with INTERNET files.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  8. Dan

    Dan Flightless Bird

    "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:DB8EFC57-3580-492D-A390-9BE03F12DE85@microsoft.com...
    > I have Windows 7 and IE8 and I'm fully up to date with patches. When I try
    > to
    > open a *.config file with IE it comes in an endless loop where I'm asked
    > if I
    > want to save or open the file. Chosing Open, I get the same dialog again.
    >
    > If I rename the config file to *.xml opening with IE is fine.
    >
    > Why oh why does IE refuse to open .config files? And how can I tell him
    > it's
    > ok to do so?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Di


    IE uses the file extension to determine it's MIME type, and what application
    should handle it. In the case of .config, I checked the registry on my XP
    SP3 system and the Content Type is set to application/xml, which is not one
    that IE will handle. If you change it to text/xml then IE will open it just
    like if it had the .xml file extension, or was delivered over HTTP with the
    Content-Type: text/xml header.

    You can set the MIME value for .config by running regedit and going to

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.config

    There should be a Content Type REG_SZ value, change this from
    application/xml to text/xml. If there is no Content Type value, create a new
    REG_SZ value inside .config called Content Type (note space in value name!),
    and enter text/xml for it's value. IE will then open .config files just like
    it opens .xml files.

    But I would suggest you take heed of the other replies - the IE XML viewer
    is ok, but you'd be better off with an XML editing tool, especially as
    invalid XML will mean IE won't display the file contents.

    --
    Dan
     
  9. Di

    Di Flightless Bird

    Dan, thanks a million, that's the answer I was looking for!!!!

    @the other respondents:
    Thank you in any case for reacting to my question! Just one small tip: if
    you really read the question without making assumptions and without
    moralizing you can be of better help :)

    I did not say I wanted to *edit* config files, I said I wanted to be able to
    look at them in an efficient way. Why would I want that? Gees! For example
    because I am performing a review of some stuff and want to brouwse
    efficiently through the config files. And don't want to fire up my virtual
    machine and copy stuff just because I wanted to look at it! And don't want to
    use Visual Studio Express because it's like half gig and don't want to
    install it. And because I'm curious why IE is so difficult about those files
    ..... etc. etc. etc. In other words, I don't think one should apologize for
    wanting to use technology, it's for there for us :)

    "Dan" wrote:

    >
    > "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:DB8EFC57-3580-492D-A390-9BE03F12DE85@microsoft.com...
    > > I have Windows 7 and IE8 and I'm fully up to date with patches. When I try
    > > to
    > > open a *.config file with IE it comes in an endless loop where I'm asked
    > > if I
    > > want to save or open the file. Chosing Open, I get the same dialog again.
    > >
    > > If I rename the config file to *.xml opening with IE is fine.
    > >
    > > Why oh why does IE refuse to open .config files? And how can I tell him
    > > it's
    > > ok to do so?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Di

    >
    > IE uses the file extension to determine it's MIME type, and what application
    > should handle it. In the case of .config, I checked the registry on my XP
    > SP3 system and the Content Type is set to application/xml, which is not one
    > that IE will handle. If you change it to text/xml then IE will open it just
    > like if it had the .xml file extension, or was delivered over HTTP with the
    > Content-Type: text/xml header.
    >
    > You can set the MIME value for .config by running regedit and going to
    >
    > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.config
    >
    > There should be a Content Type REG_SZ value, change this from
    > application/xml to text/xml. If there is no Content Type value, create a new
    > REG_SZ value inside .config called Content Type (note space in value name!),
    > and enter text/xml for it's value. IE will then open .config files just like
    > it opens .xml files.
    >
    > But I would suggest you take heed of the other replies - the IE XML viewer
    > is ok, but you'd be better off with an XML editing tool, especially as
    > invalid XML will mean IE won't display the file contents.
    >
    > --
    > Dan
    >
     
  10. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:CC01C23C-10D2-40FD-B83C-51C1FC22922B@microsoft.com...
    > And because I'm curious why IE is so difficult about those files


    Err because IE is a WEB BROWSER or hadn't you heard? A config file is NOT a
    WEB PAGE is it? Jeeeze.
    You DO realize that a config file is just a TEXT file and can be opened in
    NOTEPAD or any other TEXT reader?
     
  11. Di

    Di Flightless Bird

    Gordon,
    Although my XML skills are quite strong (including XSLT) I don't like
    looking at XML in Notepad (sure I could do it if my life depended on it :).

    I like the syntax coloring that IE does and the fact that with IE you can
    efficiently browse through big XML (and web.config) files by expanding and
    collapsing nodes. That's why I insisted on using IE and that's why I was so
    glad with the solution Dan proposed.

    Best regards,
    Di

    "Gordon" wrote:

    >
    > "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:CC01C23C-10D2-40FD-B83C-51C1FC22922B@microsoft.com...
    > > And because I'm curious why IE is so difficult about those files

    >
    > Err because IE is a WEB BROWSER or hadn't you heard? A config file is NOT a
    > WEB PAGE is it? Jeeeze.
    > You DO realize that a config file is just a TEXT file and can be opened in
    > NOTEPAD or any other TEXT reader?
    >
    > .
    >
     
  12. Di

    Di Flightless Bird

    Oh, yes
    Before somebody else asks - I'm aware of the Microsoft XML Notepad and don't
    like it for viewing XML files. It involves too much clicking to open nodes
    and getting a quick overview.

    XML Notepad is a relatively old product. There's a reason why Visual Studio
    (the ultimate development tool) uses the approach that IE takes (with
    expandable/collapsible nodes) instead the rather cumbersome interface
    structure of XML Notepad.

    Of course I could have downloaded the trial edition of XMLSpy but once
    again, I wanted a quick, low footprint way to just look at XML files (which
    happened to be web.config files).

    Thanks,
    Deyan



    "Di" wrote:

    > Gordon,
    > Although my XML skills are quite strong (including XSLT) I don't like
    > looking at XML in Notepad (sure I could do it if my life depended on it :).
    >
    > I like the syntax coloring that IE does and the fact that with IE you can
    > efficiently browse through big XML (and web.config) files by expanding and
    > collapsing nodes. That's why I insisted on using IE and that's why I was so
    > glad with the solution Dan proposed.
    >
    > Best regards,
    > Di
    >
    > "Gordon" wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:CC01C23C-10D2-40FD-B83C-51C1FC22922B@microsoft.com...
    > > > And because I'm curious why IE is so difficult about those files

    > >
    > > Err because IE is a WEB BROWSER or hadn't you heard? A config file is NOT a
    > > WEB PAGE is it? Jeeeze.
    > > You DO realize that a config file is just a TEXT file and can be opened in
    > > NOTEPAD or any other TEXT reader?
    > >
    > > .
    > >
     
  13. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    Try NotePad++. It should work well for you and it's free.

    HTH,

    Twayne`


    n news:3614FA29-DDA8-4049-9E95-A56C68E71B46@microsoft.com,
    Di <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    > Gordon,
    > Although my XML skills are quite strong (including XSLT) I
    > don't like looking at XML in Notepad (sure I could do it if
    > my life depended on it :).
    >
    > I like the syntax coloring that IE does and the fact that
    > with IE you can efficiently browse through big XML (and
    > web.config) files by expanding and collapsing nodes. That's
    > why I insisted on using IE and that's why I was so glad
    > with the solution Dan proposed.
    >
    > Best regards,
    > Di
    >
    > "Gordon" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "Di" <Di@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:CC01C23C-10D2-40FD-B83C-51C1FC22922B@microsoft.com...
    >>> And because I'm curious why IE is so difficult about
    >>> those files

    >>
    >> Err because IE is a WEB BROWSER or hadn't you heard? A
    >> config file is NOT a WEB PAGE is it? Jeeeze.
    >> You DO realize that a config file is just a TEXT file and
    >> can be opened in NOTEPAD or any other TEXT reader?
    >>
    >> .
     

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