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Hello Experts,

I have a webform that's hosted on our webserver.  The web form allows the user to save out files to a folder that lives in the directory where the application is hosted.  This is all working.

What I need is:
A button with the ability to open Windows explorer to the location of the folder.
A button with the ability to open a particular file in that folder.  (It's a word file)

I'd really need server-side code for this, and would prefer to use a button over a hyperlink.

Thanks!
Moe
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Windows explorer will not be able to have access to a file that lives on your web server.  However, you can set up your web server so that a specific directory can be configured with directory browsing.  Then when the user clicks on this button of yours that is supposed to open up the folder you can just forward them to the url of your directory on your webserver, or open up that url in a new window.

To have the other button open up a word file that exists on the server you could have the button click event in the server side code override your http response so that instead of sending an html document in response to the request it will send down the word document.  The user would then be prompted if they want to save or open the file as you often do when you download a file from the internet.

Here are a couple of examples on how to do this...

http://www.west-wind.com/weblog/posts/76293.aspx

http://dotnetslackers.com/Community/blogs/haissam/archive/2007/04/03/Downloading-Files-C_2300_.aspx
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Thanks for the info!
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