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href on welcome screen to PDF document no longer working FM2022

Engaged ,
Oct 05, 2022 Oct 05, 2022

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Being one of the people that (dare I say) like using the Welcome Screen, I've customised the Welcome screen in both FM2019 and FM2020. In particular, I've added the following HTML to open a PDF document located on our corporate network:

 

<a href="file:///K:\Training Admin\Training Collateral\Source Material\Templates and Style Guides\Style Guide\Structured Style Guide\PDFs\Current\Training Manual\Structured Style Guide.pdf" target="_blank">Open PDF</a>

 

In both FM2019 and FM2020, this works perfectly. Click the link and the PDF document opens in Adobe Reader.

 

In FM2022, I can't seem to get it to work the same. Using the same HTML, nothing happens when I click on the link. For some reason, FM2022 doesn't recognise the target="_blank" attribute. If I remove the target="_blank" attribute, the PDF does open, (it does replaces the Welcome screen tab, which is annoying but understandable), so I know there's no problem opening the PDF. It just won't open with Adobe Reader.

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Oct 08, 2022 Oct 08, 2022

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Quintin, I have no such problem with my modified Welcome Screen for FM-15, 16 and 17. However, it insists to open URLs with Internet Explorer and suggests to use Edge instead. There-in it opens the pdf ...

 

<a href="https://www.daube.ch/docu/files/compendium.pdf" target="_blank">Compendium</a>

 

Maybe the process does not handle the file protocol.

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Engaged ,
Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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I don't think it's a case of the file protocol no longer supported. I used the same method to add a URL to open FM Files. This works fine. It only fails if the file is a PDF.

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