Creating a link that opens windows explorer?

I've read a lot of the discussions on linking to files on a network or local server, and the difficulties therein.  Even if I could get that to work, it would be insufficient for my application as the files I want people to be able to access are actually folder archives which are hard to download in full from a browser.

What I want to know is if there is a way to create a link to a server location that will open in Windows Explorer rather than whichever web browser the user happens to be using, and let the server access protocol through windows decide whether the user has sufficient access.  

Is that even possible?

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Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jan 03, 2018

The only browsers that will do this out of the box, are the Microsoft Browsers.

For the new Firefox, there is no extension anymore that will open links to local files, for Chrome, there is an extension.

So, if you want a browser-independent solution: no, there is none.  

So how would I go about it on a Microsoft Browser? I'm currently trying to create the link using the 'External Link' tool with file path file:///servername/folder/ and the link does nothing on any browser, Microsoft or not.  No errors or anything, just nothing.

Does the link need a dedicated drive letter?  Most people using this will have the server location mapped as a network drive with varying drive letter designations, so I don't know if it will work if the link requires a dedicated drive letter.

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Mikael Sandberg Community Champion Jan 03, 2018

Try this format for the link,  file://///unc/path/to/folder/

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