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Applescript: open word file on remote server

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Hi experts,

I have the task to open Word files that are located on a Windows 2008 Server from an Apple iMac using Applescript.

Opening locally stored Word files is no problem, that works like:

tell application "Microsoft Word"
    open file "Macintosh HD:test.docx"
end tell


But in my case the file is located on a remote Server, so I tried:

tell application "Microsoft Word"
    open file "smb://myRemoteServer/Path/filename.docx"
end tell

trying that I get the Error message:
file \"smb://myRemoteServer/Path/filename.docx\"" does not understand the message "open"

the same Comes up when trying  
    open "smb://myRemoteServer/Path/filename.docx"
(without "file")

The path is correct: when I try to open the path in Finder, it works well:
tell application "Finder"
   open Location "smb://myRemoteServer/Path/filename.docx"
end tell

then I get the finder with the highlighted file "filename.docx"


Does anybody know how to open Word files that are located on a smb share using Applescript ???

Thanks a lot!!
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Word doesn't support *making* a client fileshare connection and opening a file over same.
First you have to mount the volume, which you could do via the Finder,
but this is normally done via "mount volume"

By default volumes in Mac OS X are mounted within /Volumes
Unless you already know what you're doing, don't try to circumvent or change this.

See http://hints.macworld.com/comment.php?mode=display&title=Solution%253A+No+Finder+Window&pid=31946

If you have single sign-on, then you might not need to invoke the username & password as shown in that example.

THEN, you need to give Word (or any other app) the *local* path to the file.
Eg:

set Share to "ShareName"
set tFile to "filename.docx"
set filePath to Share & ":" & tFile

tell application "Microsoft Word"
      open filePath
end tell
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by:Lupo09
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Yeah!
mounting the smb share first was the solution.

Thanks!
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