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Can I link to an attachment on my computer?

I'd like to link to a Word doc that resides on my computer (it's not currently a Web link).
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2011  |  939 Views

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You won't be able to link directly to a file that lives on your computer - most local network admins would prevent this type of setup (due to the possible security risks), plus, you'd never be able to let your computer go to sleep.

Fortunately, there's a simple solution: either use the Documents & Files Box type (to upload your Word Doc to our server), or upload the file to a server at your library, and link to it.

Using the Documents & Files Box Type

  1. Click Add New Box.
  2. Choose Documents & Files as the box type, give it a name, and click Create Box.
  3. When the box appears on your page, click Add a new File.
  4. Give the document a title and description (optional). Then click browse to find the file on your computer. Choose the file and click Open (or simply double click the file).
  5. Click Save Document.

Your file should now appear in your Documents & Files box.

Note: Files must be no larger than 5MB each. If your file is larger than 5MB, try breaking it into multiple files or upload it to a server at your library or a file sharing site.

Screen shot of Add a New Document/File screen.

Uploading to Your Server

After uploading the file to your server, add a link box to your page and link to your file:

  1. Click Add New Box.
  2. Choose either Simple Web Links or Links & Lists as the box type, give it a name, and click Create Box.
  3. When the box appears on your page, click Add a new Link.
  4. Give the link a title, add the URL, and add a description (optional).
  5. Click Create Link.

Note: Screen shot below is from Simple Web Links box.
Screen shot of Add New Link box from Simple Web Links box type.

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