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How does one create a link to a "local" folder or document in wiki pages?

In internet explorer, word, excel, etc. this is a valid link: file://X:\Some\Folder\Foobar.xls.

However in Sharepoint the only part linkified is file://. Furthermore when using the Insert Link ([ctrl-k]) dialog I'm told file:// is an invalid protocol.

UNC paths work, but the whole point of using drive letters (for us) is to turn \\server\share\big\long\path\to\resource into X:\resource. Something people are not going to give up willingly.

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Ahh, found it. Links must use fore-slashes, file://X:/Some/Folder/Foobar.xls.

Annoying because one can't simply copy-n-paste from a Windows Explorer address bar, but at least it works.

  • Are you sure everyone will have the same server mapped to the same drive? If not, this will blow up and not server the file. UNC path would be preferred. – Eric Alexander Jan 29 '14 at 22:12
  • @PirateEric, yes there are handful of drive letters that are mandated to be the same across the whole department, enforced by login scripts. X:\thing is definitely preferential to \\ServerThree\corporate\thing. This allows replacing the server underneath, and links from 10 years and 3 servers ago still work. – matt wilkie Jan 29 '14 at 22:19

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