Opening SharePoint documents in Visual Studio 11

Today I was trying to open the ProcessGuidance.html file …

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A double-click, or a right-click > Open both resulted in Internet Explorer asking me if I want to Save or Cancel the document download. This was a surprise. I was expecting it to just open the web page.

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It turns out that this is a setting in SharePoint Foundation 2010. Here are the steps I followed to fix this:

  1. Launched SharePoint 2010 Central Administration.
  2. Clicked Application Management > Manage web applications.
  3. Selected my web application.
  4. Selected General Settings.
  5. Scrolled down and selected Permissive Browser File Handling.

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Now the document opens up in the browser, rather than prompting me to save it!

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