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USE HTML to redirect a webpage to a local Xcel file.

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Thank you all in advance!

I am trying to make an excel file stored on a local drive available to our users when they click on a link. The link is on a page hosted outside our intranet.

If I enter the following into a web browser I can get the xcel file to open with no issues:

file:///K:\SomeFolderName\Reports\Reports\Data\test.xlsx

thus my thought was to create a simple a webpage, "SimplePage" with the following HTML code so that when users click a link tied to "SimplePage" the page would actually open excel.

heres the HTML:


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=file:///K:\SomeFolderName\Reports\Reports\Data\test.xlsx">
</head>

<body></body>
</html>

The page opens up but no excel.

thanks again!

-vn
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Dave Baldwin earned 2000 total points
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There is a 'security boundary' between 'http' and 'file' protocols.  A page loaded thru 'http' is not allowed to access files loaded with 'file'.  This is done to prevent malicious web sites from accessing your local files.
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Thank you Dave. this makes sense.
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