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Assuming we are on the same network, is it possible to link to a Windows share through Gmail?

Something like \\Server\Folder\file.ext?

Is there a prefix for network paths, such as there is for web urls, ftp urls, email addresses (i.e., http://, ftp://, mailto:)?

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You can use the file URI scheme ( In you example it would be:


It depends on the application if it makes text "click-able", but this will work for most email application (including Outlook)

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This seems to be correct. Unfortunately, the web versions of Gmail and Hotmail will strip the link, so does the Windows 8 Mail App. Outlook Web Access sends it through their redirect service, which doesn't know what to do with it. Ironically, it's only clickable on my Windows Phone, but of course, goes nowhere. – Louis Nov 4 '12 at 15:27
Are you using HTML encoded emails? It you are, you could make hyperlink <a href="file://Server/Folder/file.ext">a link to \\Server\Folder\file.ext </a>, depending on your browser this should work (unless the mailapp is doing some redirection/rewriting) – Kenneth Yrke Joergensen Nov 5 '12 at 12:24
Yes, I can see the HTML if I view the source of the message. The email providers strip it out in their webmail. They are clickable in OWA, but don't make it through the redirect service. – Louis Nov 5 '12 at 13:05

The link won't work when clicked on in the browser, but the recipient can always copy paste is in an Explorer window.

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