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    How to format URL's properly for embedding file links in forms

    Asked by jdlebon on October 09, 2013 at 06:47 AM


    With respect to embedding file links (e.g. tfor a form user to download a PDF) within a form itself...

    This website (below) highlights that there are many variables to creating a URL that will work correctly. How do I go about creating a URL for a file on my computer, that will work perfectly for all end users of my form?




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    Answered by guilledutra on October 09, 2013 at 08:16 AM


    if you need yo add a URL linking to a file at your form,  you will need first upload that file to your hosting server or to a  file upload service like dropbox  for example, this will be necesary in order to make your file public. Once you uploaded your file, this file will be accesible through the internet network.

    In order to create a link to that file, you will need first to have the public URL of that file, ie: if you uploaded the file "examplefile.pdf" to your page(www.example.com) hosting the final URL will be http://www.example.com/examplefile.pdf.


    If you need to insert the file link to your form, you can make it by using the Free Text(HTML)

    1 - Select the Free Text(HTML) field under Power tools

    2 - Edit the Free Text(HTML) field, in this case I  put "Link to file"

    3 - Select the sentence "Link to file" and click on the "Link" tool from the editor.

    4 - Inserte the Link URL to the file.

    5 - Click on Insert

    Please let us know if you need help on making this work, once you have your file uploaded we can help you on adding it to your form.

    Making files public with dropbox service: https://www.dropbox.com/help/16/en

    Hope it helps

    please let us know if you need further assistance