How to open file:/// in Internet Explorer

I have the following in my html:

<a href="file:///X:/Shared/Accounts Pay-Ofc/2006 PERS.pdf">open me</a>

when I hover over the link, I get the hand-pointer, but click does nothing at all. How do I open this file?

WIN7, IE11
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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
That syntax looks correct from the HTML perspective.  Try a different type of file, and see if you can open say a TXT file.  That might point toward a problem with PDF viewing.  Also, your IE settings could be blocking this for some reason.

I'm, also assuming the file exists, have you verified that?

MarkAuthor Commented:
Tried text file. Does nothing. Any idea on IE settings? Entire html:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<a href="file:///X:/Shared/Accounts Pay-Ofc/joe.txt">open me</a>
MarkAuthor Commented:
OK, it looks like it's not possible -- it's a security thing:

So, I created a link from html folder to the top-level folder where these documents are stored:

documents/receipts -> /mnt/public

where /mnt/public is mapped as the X:\ drive. When I save the user's selected file name I replace the Windows path with the html accessible path (java):


Looks like that's about all I can do. The advantage here is that the document will be accessible by users who do not have the X: drive mapped locally. The downside is that everyone better keep their receipt documents in the X:\ hierarchy.

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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Interesting, I was able to do a test with a local PDF file and it actually opened it fine in Acrobat Reader (default app for PDF files for me), so I'm seeing slightly different behavior here.  But sounds like you may have a viable workaround there, which is good.

MarkAuthor Commented:
Bill - interesting that it worked OK for you with a PDF
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