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The real problem is that when you “edit source” from within Internet Explorer, you’re not editing a file with the extension you likely expect, as you’ll see if you take a look in your Internet cache while Internet Explorer is still showing the page you’re editing. Furthermore, there are any number of extensions the file may have in the cache, which may be different if Internet Explorer is still holding the file active, anything from txt to php to asp to nothing…or none of the above; often it’s a script command.
It’s a pain, but I always save a copy out to another location (it’s not a good idea to directly write into system caches ). Microsoft created the ability to edit files in the cache in this manner under the assumption that they’d always be edited by NotePad, which tries to treat everything as simple text. Even were we to provide a feature such as you suggest, it probably wouldn’t work reliably enough to be worthwhile, simply because we can’t know of a surety, without user intervention, what kind of file it’s supposed to be, and the list of things it could be seems to expand daily.