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    Is it possible to create a Web Folders link (IE 5+)

    I have a implemented a web site for the sole purpose of sharing files and with the intent of using Internet Explorer to provide access for posting and retrieval. It is behind a secure firewall on an intranet accessible via a VPN. For the sake of argument (or lack of it) lets say that security is not an issue. If I open IE and see my default home page then click FILE >> OPEN >> CHECK the WEB FOLDERS BOX and type in the URL I get the desired result. On another web site I would like to put a link directing users to this file store but everything I have tried produces the typical file list that comes from directory browsing.

    When create a successful web folder connection I can drag the link to the desktop and I get the special web folders icon but little information about the URL behind it

    Any one have any ideas?? I expect that it will be something like folders://my.url.here but haven't been able to find anything in the knowledge base to help so I thought I would come to where the real world experts hang out....

    Much appreesh... in advance
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    Re: Is it possible to create a Web Folders link (IE 5+)

    Well, placing an index.html file in the primary web directory of your web folders should iradicate the file list. Most browsers search for this file first, if it can't find it, it displays the file list instead.

    Of course, you'd have to build a suitable opening page to the web folder in HTML to serve as the homepage for the folder...

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> Links you say? Depends on how you're looking to do it. As far as I know you can't setup a shortcut for download from you pages, but you should be able to link to the web-folder from a web-page. Adding an index.html file should do well for ya.

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    Re: Is it possible to create a Web Folders link (IE 5+)

    Let me re -submit and see if I can add some clarity with a picture. The attached JPG has a screen snippet that shows a desktop icon for a webfolder. When I double click on that Icon get the window displayed below the icon. However when I put a link on an html page with the same address I get the window shown at the bottom of the snippet. What I am looking for is a way to code a link that will provide a webfolder like the top and not a web page like the bottom window.

    Curiously both address bars show HTTP://...... but return very different results

    Putting a default page on each directory in the webfolders directory structure is not really an option as the structure will likely be very dynamic with new directories being added all the time by the user community.

    The web page I want to put the link on will provide some convenient starting points for the casual visitor or new user to the repository.

    Hope I did better this time and thanks for your response
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    Re: Is it possible to create a Web Folders link (IE 5+)

    I've never intentionally used web folders. I looked in Windows Explorer (2000) help, and it says "Web folders are created automatically when you open resources on a Web server to which you have read and write access." Maybe because IE is a browser and was designed primarily for anonymous or at least non-Windows-security access, it simply does not behave in the same manner.

    To launch a web folder from inside a web page you could try VBScript, as demo'd in the attached. Probably do-able in JavaScript, but I'm not as adept. What do you think?
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    Re: Is it possible to create a Web Folders link (IE 5+)

    I gave it a whirl but to no avail. It opened a new window with the address but it was a standard web page not a web folder, But I think you may be on to something. Unfortunately I don't have the skills or knowledge to pull off. I have to believe that most of the IE interface is available via scripting so what may be necessary is a script that essentally executes the FILE >> OPEN >> menus and supplies the attributes of the dialog box ( the addresss and webfolders on) sort of like an old keyboard macro. Maybe some here has done such a thing

    One can hope
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    Re: Is it possible to create a Web Folders link (IE 5+)

    I don't know why it doesn't work; do you use "classic" view for all Windows Explorer folders?

    If you click Start|Run and try this command line, does it work?

    explorer.exe "http://egovfolder/assets/"

    (That's what the script tries to do, but if it doesn't work with your configuration, you will indeed have to try something else.)

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