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How can I force a download when sharing a link?

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I'm trying to include a link to download a pdf file. I would like for the recipient to be able to click on the link and the pdf pops right up, as opposed to them having to select "download" since a lot of people will open this from their phones. Is this possible? If so, what is the magic formula? 

I currently have the file in the general Dropbox folder, and copied and pasted the link into my email. Are there specific settings that I'm missing?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Downloading a file

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Hi @mtaylor4672

Have a look at this article - hopefully it helps!


 


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Re: Downloading a file

New member | Level 2

I am getting this issue Error (404) We can't find the page you're looking for

while opening .html file on dropbox

Please help.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Downloading a file

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@neha1004 wrote:

I am getting this issue Error (404) We can't find the page you're looking forwhile opening .html file on dropbox


Dropbox will no longer process HTML files. It will only offer the file for download or display its source code. (i.e. it's not a web hosting service)

A 404 error means File not Found. Typically this would happen if the file being linked to has been removed or had its link removed, or the link is invalid.

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