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Helper I
Helper I

File URL on Button Action

Hello!

 

I want to add a big question mark icon that will link to a help file on our local network. We are using Report Server May 2020 (so everything is On-Prem).

 

I have successfully created a file URL by creating a table (1 column/1 row) with the value file://Server/Folder/File.ext and displaying it in a table visual. This works great but I wanted more control over the presentation and as far as I know there is no way to customize the URL icon.

 

Since I only have one static URL, I tried to do the same thing in a Button, using the Web URL Action but it will not accept the file:// syntax. 

 

Is there a way to make it work in a Button Action or is it simply unsupported?

 

Any other work around? My only idea at the moment is to add a column to my table and basically display "Help: <Ugly File Icon>"

 

Thanks!

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Community Support
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Re: File URL on Button Action

Hi , @JeanMartinL 

The local file URL is not equivalent to the web URL.

Although you may be able to access the path through a browser , but after testing, the local file URL on button action is not supported.

 

You may  take a try to convert local path ( file:// .......) to url absolute Path  ( http: // ....).

 

For your requirement, you could post your new idea in Power BI ideas and make this feature coming sooner.
https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas

 

You also can vote for this existing  idea.

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/33366481-open-local-files-file-di...

 

Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Eason

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Helper I
Helper I

Re: File URL on Button Action

Also, it seems like the file URL only works in IE. It doesn't do anything in Chrome.

 

I'm starting to think that I might need to host my files on a webserver just to make everything work, even though it seems like an unnecessary step.

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Community Support
Community Support

Re: File URL on Button Action

Hi , @JeanMartinL 

The local file URL is not equivalent to the web URL.

Although you may be able to access the path through a browser , but after testing, the local file URL on button action is not supported.

 

You may  take a try to convert local path ( file:// .......) to url absolute Path  ( http: // ....).

 

For your requirement, you could post your new idea in Power BI ideas and make this feature coming sooner.
https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas

 

You also can vote for this existing  idea.

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/33366481-open-local-files-file-di...

 

Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Eason

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Helper I
Helper I

Re: File URL on Button Action

For the record, I have created the following Idea for this topic: https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/40861591-support-for-file-url-fil...

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