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Error message when you view Web pages in Internet Explorer 7 that were created by using the Visio 2003 Save As Web feature: "Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site"

Article ID: 927375

Article Last Modified on 10/27/2007


  • Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2003
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7


You view Web pages in Windows Internet Explorer 7 that were created by using the Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Save As Web feature. When you do this, the links may not function as expected. Additionally, you receive the following error message:

Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site file://file_path/vml_1.htm Operation aborted.

Note In this error message, file_path is the path of a file, such as Y:/FilePath/Drawing/vml_1.htm.


This issue occurs when you use the Vector Markup Language (VML) output format in the Save as Web Page feature of Visio 2003.


To work around this issue, use an output format other than VML when you save to HTML from Visio 2003. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. On the File menu, click Save as Web Page.
  2. Type the file name and the output location.
  3. Click Publish.
  4. Click the Advanced tab, and then click to select a format other than VML (Vector Markup Language) in the Output formats list.
  5. Click OK.


Additional details about the technical issue are available on the Visio Insights blog on MSDN. To view the "Hyperlink Problem in Internet Explorer 7" topic, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Additionally, a third-party tool is available that will update the hyperlinks in the HTML output to enable them to work correctly in Internet Explorer 7. Because this tool acts on the HTML output itself, the tool must be used each time that the "Save as Web Page" feature is used from Visio 2003 to create HTML output by using the VML format. To obtain the tool, visit the following DataAssist e.K. Web site:

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

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