Written by Amber Mertes

Internet Explorer 9 provides additional security that limits the functionality of the ‘Export to Microsoft Excel’ option within an Internet Explorer web page. This was a security design improvement to Internet Explorer

Steps to reproduce the issue:

1. Open Internet Explorer 9

2. Open any web page, for example: http://www.msn.com

3. Right click into the page and choose "Export to Microsoft Excel"

4. Excel will open and a window "new web query"

5. In the address bar you will see "http:///" and the internet site will not be shown and an error is returned. The error displayed is:


Copy and paste the URL from IE9 in to the Excel web query dialog where http:/// is located.

Additional note

We have also had reports of this option to ‘Export to Microsoft Excel’ not being available upon right clicking.

If this occurs, follow these steps:

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  1. Start > Open > Regedit
  2. Browse to:   HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt
  3. Right click on MenuExt > New > Key:   Export to Microsoft Excel
  4. Right click on the ‘Default’ string value > Modify > Value Data:  res://C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE/3000

    Where drive is the letter of the drive where Excel is installed and where path is the complete path of the Excel.exe file.


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This was addressed in Office 2013. The Excel 2013 web query dialog now works as expected with the new security introduced in Internet Explorer 9.