Office 2007 – docx and xlsx – Files Downloading as ZIP Files in Internet Explorer


augustus 3, 2010 door Tim

Today I learned that Microsoft Office 2007 files (you know, the new ones that end in DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX) don’t always download properly in Internet Explorer. In fact, IE tends to see them as ZIP files and forces their extension to change to .zip when you select download. This is because IE is checking for the MIME type instead of blindly going by file extensions. Ironically, since it doesn’t recognize the new Office 2007 files for what they are, IE renames their extensions to .zip upon downloading.

If you’re wondering why the extensions get changed to .zip, it’s because the new Office 2007 formats are nothing more than a series of XML documents zipped up with their own special file extensions. Java .jar files and Mozilla Firefox .xpi files do mostly the same thing, so this isn’t a new concept, but it does seem to introduce a bit of a problem for Internet Explorer users.

For Apache servers, simply add the following to your config file or create an .htaccess file in the root directory of your website.

AddType application/ .docm
AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document docx
AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.template dotx
AddType application/ potm
AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.template potx
AddType application/ ppam
AddType application/ ppsm
AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.slideshow ppsx
AddType application/ pptm
AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation pptx
AddType application/ xlam
AddType application/ xlsb
AddType application/ xlsm
AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet xlsx
AddType application/ xltm
AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.template xltx

One thought on “Office 2007 – docx and xlsx – Files Downloading as ZIP Files in Internet Explorer

  1. chattim schreef:

    FYI: Tested and works like a charm…

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