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Re: Hyperlinks

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  • Subject: [mg98426] Re: [mg98371] Hyperlinks
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 05:57:26 -0400 (EDT)
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On Wed, 8 Apr 2009 05:02:13 -0400 (EDT), A. B. wrote:
> Dear Mathematica experts,
> Hyperlinks in notebooks can only link to tagged cells in the notebook or
> to
> URLs on the web, or so it seems.
> I would find it useful to be able to link to an external file (not a
> notebook nor a text file) and having the file opened by the default
> external
> application that handles the given file type.
> Would it be possible to implement this, maybe programmatically (functions
> sending commands to the operating system ? Applescript ?) ?
> Many thanks.
> A. Berkani

A file: URL passed to the Hyperlink[] command should work fine if you're okay 
with specifying an absolute path.  Otherwise, you could pass a SystemOpen 
command (which is the programmatic way to do this) to a Button styled to look 
like a hyperlink.  For example,

 SystemOpen[FileNameJoin[{NotebookDirectory[], "xxx.doc"}]], 
 BaseStyle -> "Hyperlink", Appearance -> None]

where "xxx.doc" would be relative to the path of the notebook itself.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

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