Getting the direct link to a file or folder

Modified on Thu, 22 Sep 2022 at 10:18 PM

To set up new assets in the Library, you will need to create a direct link to these assets. The direct link will then be used by each user's computer to pull the assets from the shared location. 


The way to get the direct link depends on the storage solution you are using.





For a file on a shared drive / local network

Saving the files on a shared drive is the solution we usually recommand, as it makes the integration in the Library very easy.

Place the file in the drive, and then just copy the full path to that file into the Path parameter. 


Example: H:\Tools\Power-user\PowerPoint templates\Assets.pptx




For a file saved on OneDrive or SharePoint

Power-user integrating library with files from OneDrive or SharePoint

  • Open the file from the SharePoint view
  • Select it and open the details pane
  • Copy the path
  • In the admin portal, paste it in the Path parameter.


SharePoint direct link



For other file-sharing solutions

If the assets are in a folder which is synced on the machine of each user


Copy the full path to that file or folder (including the file name and extension). Paste it into the Path parameter in the portal, and use environment variables to make sure this path will correspond to the local path on each user's machine, as underlined in the example below.


Example: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\My-Storage_Solution\Power-user\PowerPoint templates\Assets.pptx




If the folder is not synced on the machine of each user 

When the assets are not synced on the users' machines, the path will take the form of a web url.

This solution works with shared templates, but cannot work for sharing libraries of icons and pictures.  




Power-user integrating library with file from Dropbox



Power-user integrating library with file from Dropbox

  • Right-click the file from Google Drive, and hit "Copy link" or "Share". 
  • You will get a url like this: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/xa8frVaCo/view?usp=sharing/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107917002069511850866&rtpof=true&sd=true
  • Replace "presentation/d/" with "uc?export&id=" in the url, and remove everything after the file ID, like this: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=xa8frVaCo
  • Paste the transformed link in the Path parameter.


Power-user integrating library with file from Box


  • Right-click the file from Box, and hit "Share".
  • Close the popup by clicking on the cross icon in the upper right corner of this window
  • Click the name of the file you shared. Once you click on the file name, the web browser's address bar will get a url like this: https://power-usersas.app.box.com/file/885413429030?s=xtfir6dmbclgj551km1zrics86jnhh3m
  • Copy and paste red information in WordPad and paste them in the following URL: https://app.box.com/index.php?rm=box_download_shared_file&shared_name=xtfir6dmbclgj551km1zrics86jnhh3m&file_id=f_885413429030?s
  • Paste the transformed link in the Path parameter.

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