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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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