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Is it possible to create a hyperlink with %USERNAME% in the file path on Sharepoint?

I want to create a link to this folder:
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\

but when I click on the hyperlink nothing happens. I can successfully make hyperlinks to folder paths without the %USERNAME%

Looking at the path it is trying to access the "%" part seems to turn into "%25"
I have tried "%%" but then I get "%25%25"

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Question by:Matt Bartlett
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Greg Besso earned 2000 total points
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Hey there,

It's a bit foggy for me at the moment, but one way I'm thinking is if you use the Javascript API to read/write to your SharePoint list to update your URL column (if i'm reading the question correctly) you can accomplish this. There might be a better way too but wanted to chime in in case you find this useful.

My reminder blog post about a general example using the JavaScript API for SharePoint (where you can simply put a text file in a document library and then refer to it in a web part on the view page) is here:
https://gregbesso.wordpress.com/sharepoint/javascript-api-readwrite/

Another post I just found online specifically mentioning how to get the userID is here:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20981226/sharepoint-2013-get-current-user-using-javascript

Hope it helps, sorry if I misunderstood your actual goal.
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by:Walter Curtis
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Are you just using the "Insert a Link" from the ribbon?

In most cases it is not possible. A link, even to the file system is an html tag and variable as you describe are not support. Using some above information for the post above (which is really good), you should be able to use Javascript of jQuery to determine the user name and then use it in the link.

Good luck...
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