Download the Excel files using Internet Explorer

 

Using Internet Explorer (IE) to download the Excel files results in incorrect formatting of the spreadsheets that cannot be fixed by the user. The problem is the result of IE opening the Excel workbook inside the browser window, instead of spawning a new copy of Excel outside IE. There are actually two cures for this if for some reason you can't use Firefox.

Solution 1 is to just download the Excel file to your computer's Desktop before opening it. To to this

Solution 2 (thanks to Jacob Moskowitz) avoids having to download the file, but requires you to change your configuration.

 

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