[LON-CAPA-users] Saving Excel file from IE

lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 10 Sep 2008 22:04:18 -0400

<font size=3D"2">I am having a strange problem, and my IT department isn't =
having any success tracking this down. I'm hoping someone out there may hav=
e some suggestions...<br><br>I have uploaded an Excel spreadsheet (97-2003 =
.xls format) to LonCapa (actually, about 50 of them). Within a LonCapa prob=
lem, I have a link that allows the student to download the spreadsheet. <br=
><br>The students are running IE7. The spreadsheet downloads into IE; the s=
tudent then modifies the spreadsheet just fine.<br><br>The problem: when th=
e student tries to save the spreadsheet to a local disk, he gets an error t=
hat the file cannot be saved; they do not have sufficient permission to sav=
e. This occurs regardless of whether they save to the local C: drive, a net=
work drive, or a local removable USB thumb drive.<br><br>As a workaround, t=
he student is able to download the file to disk, then open it directly in E=
xcel and save it. Unfortunately, it seems that high school students cannot =
learn to do this. They click on the link about 85% of the time, ignoring th=
e Bold, RED font directions not to do that. :(<br><br>Some of them have fou=
nd another way to mess it up - they successfully download the file to disk,=
 but then open it directly in IE instead of opening it in Excel - apparentl=
y they expect all things to work within the browser. In this case, the same=
 behavior occurs - the file cannot be saved.<br><br>This sounds to me like =
some sort of security setting within IE, to try and avoid malicious hacks b=
y not letting Office files be saved when opened directly in IE. But, I can'=
t find a setting in the IE options that sounds like it controls this....<br=
><br>Hopefully someone can suggest a direction to try - this is weird.<br><=