I have an Enterprise Search Center site collection that crawls/searches from a file share. It works fine in IE, but when you attempt to click the links from the results in Chrome or FF, nothing happens. I assume it has something to do with the files being Local. The URL's generated appear to be the same in Chrome and FF and will work if I copy them and paste them into the address bar.

Does anyone know of a way to get this to work in Chrome and FF?

  • Sorry I'm not understanding. What do you mean when you say the files are "local?"
    – shufler
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 18:48
  • I apologize. What I meant is that they have the 'file://' prefix which I thought would make it interpreted as local. Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 18:51
  • He's trying to point to a file on another server...most likely not an URL
    – jpollar
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 18:51
  • Where are the files stored?
    – shufler
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 18:52
  • The files are stored on a separate server than our sharepoint server(s). Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 18:52

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Chrome and FF aren't going to be able to do a lot of OOTB SharePoint features.

For example, you can't use "Open with Explorer" for a document library.

This sounds like another proprietary software issue strikes again.

You can link to an application page that will download the file.

  • Chrome and Firefox both should allow you to click on a document and perform some sort of action (in most cases download). Chrome and Firefox are both supported for downloading documents.
    – shufler
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 18:48
  • Correct. If it's in http format, which he isn't using.
    – jpollar
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 18:55

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