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Open files using links

Topics: User Forum
Jul 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Hi, I'm currently working on a help file and I am trying to figure out a way to click on a link which will prompt you to open (or save) a file (pdf, word, excel).

Any ideas on how to get this to work?
Jul 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM
I doubt you can get a help file to prompt you to save a file. It is possible to embed files in help files and open them as I recall and, with certain restrictions, open external files providing certain criteria are met. I'd have to go find the details again. Bear in mind to that such embedded file links would most likely fail to work without some modification if generating MS Help Viewer output. Links to external files would certainly not work in MS Help Viewer output since the content is installed into a cache and probably wouldn't be able to find the external files properly.

If hosting the files you want to open on a web server is an option, that would be a good approach as a standard URL could be used in the help topics to open the files in a browser. From there you could do what you wanted with them.