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I have a Document Library with some exported webparts (.dwp). When I embed a hyperlink somewhere to the document, it opens in the browser (IE8). I cannot change any settings on the site collection neither can I change the defaults for anything regarding the farm or filesystem. The solution has to apply for this library only.

Basically I need a link which engages the same behavior like the "Download a Copy" Button in the library.

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The link can be reproduced using the following link, where "Documents" is the name of the library:


Effectively the download.aspx will read the content of the file you send as the SourceUrl, and render it back to you on the HTTP response.

Hope that helps

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Works like a charm, thanks a lot! :) Just for completeness, could you add an "?" behind the default.aspx? – curmudgeon Oct 11 '12 at 15:40
James would there be a way to tell SharePoint to add the link just like that on a publishing page for documents, or do we have to manually re-type our anchor links to look like this? – blachawk Jan 14 at 14:31

I was trying James' solution but was having problems building the correct URL of the document. To get the URL you can:

  1. Open Dev Tools (F12)
  2. Open the Network tab
  3. Click 'Start capturing' button
  4. Click the download a copy button for the document you want the link for
  5. The HTTP GET request URL will appear in the network tab.
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