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Emailing a hyperlink to a file on a mapped drive letter without link resolving to the local file server name

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I am sending an email to recipients in three sites.  The email contains a hyperlink to a file that is saved on a mapped letter drive on everyone's computer.  Each site has its own local file server with the same folder structure and the same file saved a specific location.

The link I am sending is like this example:

"H:\FOLDER_NAME\FILE.NAME"

When I send the email, the hyperlink resolves the link above, and changes it so it is pointing to the file server at my site that serves my mapped H: drive like this example:

"file:///\\SERVER_NAME/PARENT_FOLDER_NAME\FOLDER_NAME\FILE.NAME"

The problem with this is I do not want everyone at all three sites pulling this file from the server at my site.  I want each site to pull from the file from the mapped drive location on their own file server.

Is there a way I can create this link so it will not resolve the drive letter into the server name?

Thanks for any help.
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Well, that is an annoying feature.

It looks like you can work around it by typing file://H:\FOLDER_NAME\FILE.NAME and hitting Enter.  This will create the hyperlink to the drive letter rather than the UNC path.  Then you can go back and edit the text of the link without affecting where it's pointing.

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Thank you very much.  That worked.  I was adding one too many front-slashes after the file: in my path.
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