@GeneBenson: You are correct about my web mail account. I guess in this current era of the Cloud, Snowden and the NSA that I assumed everybody used a web mail account. Since making the switch to Linux from Windows, I even do my income tax return on the web.
Thanks for your suggestion to my dilemma. With great optimism I followed your instructions, fully expecting success, but no banana this time. Really frustrating situation, all other file types that I have received in attachments offer the option to open or save except .doc. It certainly isn't the end of the world because I am forced to download first and then open the document, it simply doesn't seem that the extra step should be necessary. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
Thanks again, Richard
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