We link to a lot of documents on our our network drives using publisher ie. file://\\<server>\<fileshare>\<file>.doc which has been working fine for us.
However a client wants to be able to launch Word, or Excel from a Portal link. Now all computer already have Office installed.
So I thought I could make a link and just point at the .exe like pointing to a file.
The path if Excel.exe is C:/Program%20Files/Microsoft%20Office/OFFICE11/excel.exe
So I used file:///C:/Program%20Files/Microsoft%20Office/OFFICE11/excel.exe (which works when I put it in IE or Start->run), but in the portal - nothing happens - no error - just sits there. I also tried file:\\C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\excel.exe
Any suggestions on how to get it to launch off their desktop?
Have you tried linking to a template file in Excel (or Word, or Powerpoint)?
My understanding is that a template would solve this problem as it is just a stub to open Office and then prompts the user to save elsewhere.