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Intranet site: open file from location X for viewing/editing/saving

By jvnane ·
I am making this local intranet site where I work. Each department has their own set of powerpoint slides that are updated weekly for our meetings. The site opens these files, which are located on the local share server, but the file is opened in the temp folder for viewing/editing. I need it to open up from the original folder so that when people open it from the site they can edit it and save without having to respecify a place to save it. The way it works right now is, they click link for powerpoint file, the file opens in powerpoint, they can edit it, they click "save", and it is saved to the temp folder. It needs to save to the folder it was found in. Any help would be great.

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It doesn't work that way....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Intranet site: open file ...

If people are accessing the Intranet site using a browser (http/ftp protocol), they would have to 'download' the file, save it to their hard drive, edit it, then 'upload' it back to the intranet server.

They need access to the files using Windows Explorer navigating to a shared folder where they can simply double click the file, edit it, then save it.

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What exactly do you mean?

by jvnane In reply to It doesn't work that way. ...

"They need access to the files using Windows Explorer navigating to a shared folder where they can simply double click the file, edit it, then save it."

What exactly do you mean by this... and how would you go about doing it.

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I mean just what I said......

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to What exactly do you mean?

You have multiple posts on this subject. Your original post is here:

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-1035-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=314672

In that post, you said: "I need it to open up from the original folder so that when people open it from the site they can edit it and save without having to respecify a place to save it."

This can not be done through use of a browser to get to the files. Because of the nature of the HTTP/FTP protocols used to access the 'site', any files opened are downloaded to a temp folder on the local computer and can not be saved back to the server without using Save As.

If you want them to be able to edit the files ON the server, they need to be able to navigate to where the files are stored using Windows Explorer, not any browser, then double clicking the files to open them ON the server.

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map network drive

by patb071 In reply to I mean just what I said.. ...

The easiest way would be to map a network drive to the location of where the files are.

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Thanks

by jvnane In reply to map network drive

Oh I understand what you mean I have some links that go to folders on the server. When they click on these it takes the current frame to the folder in an FTP style view... Would I have to make the link point to the containing folder? because I want it to point directly to the file.

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You're not going to get there from here....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Thanks

Having links which point to folders in an FTP style view would still open an FTP session if they click on the file name. THAT downloads the file to their temp folder where they can edit it, but they can't save the changes back to the server that way.

No matter what you do, using a browser to access the files through HTTP/FTP will not allow you to save the changes back to the server. HOWEVER, you could do a little bit of advanced programming to allow users to UPLOAD files using a form, once they've been saved to a folder on their computer.

Like I keep telling you, you can't get to where you want to be using HTTP/FTP. Perhaps you should look into SharePoint Services.

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It will work that way if you do it right.

by 1bn0 In reply to Intranet site: open file ...

Ouir intranet sight is basically a Java menu with links to files on the server.


If the user has WRITE access to the file it will open in the related application and they can just save it back to the same spot.


If the use DOES NOT have WRITE access Internet Explorer will download the file to the Temp folder and open the file from there. When the user goes to save it is saved to the copy in the Temp folder.

My problem is usually trying to remember to restrict WRITE access to the files so the users CAN"T make changes to the orignal document and Force them to SAVE AS.

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