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not sure how you generate your link since you're not telling us, so I can only guess...
I had similar behavior in APEX which I could solve by prefixing the link to the file with the protocol used
So try changing your link to
http:\\172.18.19.182\Case Studies Reoriented\MDM\Telenor_MDM_CaseStudy.pdf
FILE:\\172.18.19.182\Case Studies Reoriented\MDM\Telenor_MDM_CaseStudy.pdf
But my problem is in the report I need the hyperlink as you suggested, but it is not populating. I need to omit the string * http://172.18.41.50:8080/apex/p?n=* from the link(i.e. I need the hyperlink of \\172.18.19.182\Case Studies Reoriented\MDM\Telenor_MDM_CaseStudy.pdf), if I omit it then the file can be downloaded.
Shall I have to make changes in Column Link or anything else? Please suggest.
Please let me know what the current link properties in your report are since that's where the problem and the solution are.
If I generate a report with query :
select 'www.google.com' as SITE from dual;
And I set the column SITE as column link and as link address #SITE# I get the same problem you are experiencing ( the generated url is http://apexsite/apex/www.google.com )
Using the exact same report with a slightly different query it works great
select 'http://www.google.com' as SITE from dual;
If your URL's are in a table/column and you don't want to change them to http:// format you can also change the column link to :