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Language: Active Server Pages (ASP)
Expertise: Beginner
Aug 27, 1999

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Programmatically Force a Save As Dialog Box

Question:

Is it possible to force the file download box to appear through ASP? I want to create a file on the fly with the response.write method to fill its contents. The file should downloaded on the user's machine through the dialog box with a user-defined filename as the default.

Answer:

Yes. Before you send your first response.write, change the content type to some weird type that the browser will not recognize. It will then prompt the user to download.

Response.ContentType = "application/xyzblah"
Response.write "The contents blah blah blah"
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