Hyperlink to File Explorer


#1

Hey!

I use an excel sheet to track my projects and an awesome feature is that I can post a hyperlink to a project folder I have in File Explorer and go directly to the desired folder.

Is there something like that on Airtable? I noticed you can link URL but I haven’t seen anything for file explorer specifically.

Please help!


#2

Hi Victoria,

I did find the location address of a local file (when you go to properties), and I pasted this link to test it. Interesting to see that there is no action to this local link.
I would like this feature as well.

Regards,
André


#3

Because Airtable executes in your browser, you will bump into browser security issues. (By default, modern browsers won’t let scripted apps access local files.) However, you can find plugins/extensions that enable this on a case-by-case basis for most browsers.

Here is a likely out-of-date response I posted a while back regarding creating such links to a Dropbox share. (To the browser, a file on Dropbox or Google Drive looks the same as a local file.) I’ve used the Chrome plugin mentioned successfully off and on for a while; however, it’s currently not installed on either of my primary PCs, so I can’t attest to its remaining current.

Most (all?) of the extensions I’ve tried allow you to create a whitelist of sites where you wish to enable this potentially dangerous security bypass, which lets you limit exposure to a specific Airtable base.


P.S. Don’t bother looking for the rumored Show-and-Tell post. I’m afraid I bogged down in testing the multitude of possible ways to address Dropbox and Google Drive shares in multiple browsers, and never returned to complete it. Fortunately, saying ‘get a plugin’ satisfied 99% of requests.