Problems Opening MHT files

December 11, 2008 at 09:10:52
Specs: Windows XP Home, Pent 4/3 GHZ

I usually don't like to post until I've done all the research before hand but I can't seem to fix this problem. I, for some reason, cannot open mht files that I used to be able to. I've done all the things that I should like opening with IE (I have 7.0) and tried opening with other programs too. Any suggestions?

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December 11, 2008 at 09:28:49

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December 11, 2008 at 10:32:56

This didn't do much. I also run Windows Live One Care which has been very good so far.

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December 11, 2008 at 14:17:32

What happens when you attempt to open the file? Are there any errors generated? Have you looked at the file association?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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December 11, 2008 at 14:53:25

Nothing happens. Only a blank page appears. It opens fine on my wife's computer and I've even opened it before on mine. Now I cannot open any .mht files.

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December 11, 2008 at 16:03:00

Thanks Leroi but that didn't work either.

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December 11, 2008 at 17:18:45

Does this happen for all users on this computer?

I found this through a Google search:

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 17, 2009 at 15:44:19

Throughout the Internet, even Microsoft Knowledge base, nothing was found to resolve this issue.

You find that suddenly, IE cannot open the MHT or MHTML file properly.

I use IE8 Beta 2, WinXp SP3. I am sure this will work with IE7 or IE6 as this is usually a file association issue.

IE cannot open any MHT or MHTML file stored on a local disk. IE either shows "navigation canceled" page or it shows the source code or HTML code of the MHT /
MHTML file. Either way the file will not render properly in IE.

When these symptoms occur, the simplest or basic solution is ensure that the file associations are properly set up in the Windows Operating system.

1. Open any file folder or Windows Explorer
2. Click "Tools" in the top menu
3. Click "Folder Options"
4. If MHT and/or MHTML file association exists in the list, delete them.
5. Click "New" button
6. Type "MHT" in the file extension field box
7. Click "Advanced" button
8. Scroll and find listed - "MHTML Document", click it.</li>
9. Click OK
10. Windows File associations create the MHT file association, usually with the correct ICON.
11. Repeat steps for MHTML extension.

What if you already used the "open with program" method and associated the MHT file extension but cannot see it in the file association list?

1. Start with steps 5-10 above for either or both the MHT or MHTML extension.
2. Scroll the file associations to find the MHT or MHTML extension. Click "restore".
3. The file extension is no longer lost, and it is completely reset as the default.

Now IE opens the MHT or MHTML files properly.

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