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By default Word and other documents are displayed within IE rather than in an instance of the application. It's an easy setting to change, once found.
How do I get Word documents on the web to show up in Word, rather than my browser?
This actually applies to many document types including Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. The common default behavior for those documents on the web is to open up within your browser. For casual surfing that may be enough but if you're like me you're more comfortable with those documents within their native applications. The good news is that for most document types it's a quick and easy fix.
These instructions assume Windows XP but other versions of Windows are very similar if not identical in most steps.
Occasionally you will encounter document types for which the Browse in Same Window option is grayed. In this case you should check the application associated with that document type for an equivalent option. Adobe Acrobat is one example on my system. If you fire up Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader it has its own option Display PDF in Browser that you can turn off.
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