I need to convert a file into URL format


I am trying to convert a file into URL format to be hosted in a website called Success Factor. Here are some more details below:

Hi xxx,

Back to this issue. I asked xxxxxx our IT Specialist to help but he didn’t succeed in getting this link up on SF.

We tried as you recommended: file:///S:/Human Resources/SMART & Performance Appraisal/RT_Competency Framework_072014.xlsx
Nothing happens.

If we remove “file:” and leave: ///S:/Human Resources/SMART & Performance Appraisal/RT_Competency Framework_072014.xlsx
I get the following page:

If I put only 2 back-slashes“//”: //S:/Human Resources/SMART & Performance Appraisal/RT_Competency Framework_072014.xlsx
I get the following
Many thanks for your help and advises.

Kind regards,


Can you please advice?
mallonyIT TechnicianAsked:
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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
>>I am trying to convert a file into URL format to be hosted in a website...

To enable an user to access a file from internet, the file that uploaded need to be accessible from the website.

file:///S:/Human Resources/SMART & Performance Appraisal/RT_Competency Framework_072014.xlsx

is pointing to a local directory so it will not work for internet user to access to it.

you need to have a www address (URL) like this instead:


You may need to go to the webserver (IIS?) and create a virtual directory to publish your files to be accessible via internet.

Hope this gives you some clues on how to do it
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
As a security measure, Firefox and Chrome will not load or access a file that is linked with 'file://' when it's on a page that is loaded with 'http://'.  I'm not sure what IE does these days.

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