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Problem Displaying HTML file in ASP.NET

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I am doing an ASP.NET project using VB, using Visual Studio 2017.  As part of the project, I am creating a customer report as a .html output file.  When the file has been created, I want to open it in another browser tab or window, so it can be viewed and/or printed.  The file is being created perfectly, but when I do a "response.redirect" command to the full pathname of the file, Google Chrome gives an error "ERR_UNSAFE_REDIRECT".  If I change the pathname from Windows format to "file:///..." format, I get the same error.

When I tried this,

        Dim s As String = "window.open('" & Server.UrlEncode(Report_URL.ToString()) & "', 'popup_window', 'width=300,height=100,left=100,top=100,resizable=yes');"
        ClientScript.RegisterStartupScript(Me.GetType(), "script", s, True)

the pop-up window opens OK, but instead of my file, it has a 404-page-not-found error, which shows the requested URL and Physical Path with

Requested URL         http://localhost:62761/MenuAdmin/file:/F:/customer/outbox/OrderStatusReport.html
Physical Path         F:\customer\ASMFG\ASMFG\ASMFG\MenuAdmin\file:\F:\customer\outbox\OrderStatusReport.html

Correct Path is         F:\customer\outbox\OrderStatusReport.html

How do I get ASP.NET to use my file's correct pathname?  Or is there a different place I can create the file that would prevent ASP.NET from mangling its pathname?  Or how would I just print the HTML file to a selected printer and not worry about the screen display part?

Thanks in advance for the help!
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That is correct -- I am running the project in a debug session through Visual Studio .NET when I received the error.  

When I deploy the project to a production environment however, will the absolute path work with "response.redirect" or "window.open"?  If I create a "reports" folder for the project, that folder will travel to the production environment as well?
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Hi,

Same scenario will apply to production as well.. there has to be a Virtual Directory.
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