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LG Apr 27, 2016

Ho can I add a link to a shared location on my network?

I saw many answers but none seemed to work. I am using Chrome v49 or IE v11 and Confluence v5.4 (I believe)

I am trying to add a link to shared location \\ipaddress\folder1\folder2



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Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Apr 27, 2016

Generally, the answer is "you need the browser to understand the links", not so much Confluence.

You can fool IE by putting in a file based link to your unc path - try file://///ipaddress/folder1/folder2 in a confluence "link" formatted block of text (i.e use a [ in the text to get a link).  And yes, I do mean 5 slashes after file: !

Other browsers can do it, but Firefox and Chrome need add-ons to recognise the (not quite standard) file: protocol

LG Apr 28, 2016


 thanks for your answer: I tried that also as per the forums replied I read, but it does not seem to work.

Actions taken:

  • Open Confluence item in IE v11
  • Edit and create a table where I click on "Insert link">"Advanced"> add "Link" = file://///ipaddress/folder1/folder2 and "Link Text" = MyLink
  • Click Insert then Save
  • Click on the link I have just created but nothing happens
  • If I hover over the link, I can see it is point to file://ipaddress/folder1/folder2 instead - it seems that Confluence is translating my address from having 5 ///// to having 2 // instead...

Any idea?



Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Apr 28, 2016

Yes, that's correct.  The extra /// bit is to make Confluence save the correct number of slashes.

Now your link is correct, you now need the browser to understand that links like file://ip... are valid and it can follow them.  I don't use IE much, I don't know where to look (it worked in 9)

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