I've set up jump menus on my website that contain links to external websites along with links to folders and documents located on my server. PDF files open okay in a browser window but not Word docs or Excel spreadsheets. For those docs, I receive a prompt to download them. How do I get a Word or Excel document to open in their respective apps when selected from my jump menu rather than being prompted to download the document to my computer? Thanks for any assistance.
You can't really control that. Documents open in a browser only if the browser has the proper document helper installed. Otherwise they are downloaded. The document mime types would also need to be registered on the server.
If you don't need those Excel and Word files to be editable as such, why not just post pdf files? They could open in an iframe within a page, or open in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The viewer, again, would need to have the Reader, but in my experience it is more and more common for Acrobat Reader to be present than Word or Excel helpers to be here.
Unfortunately, these documents are live and edited regularly so a PDF format isn't an option. Thank you for your response.