I know in a standard OSX text edit document one can place,
audio file, a movie file, a picture file and a click-able web-link.
is there a way to make click-able link that could send Me to a specific
folder or file on my computer or external hard drive?
I've tried dragging a alias into the document and it won't open.
I'm shure link is the wrong word but I would like it to work like a web link.

I know in a standard OSX text edit document one can place,
audio file, a movie file, a picture file and a click-able web-link.
is there a way to make click-able link that could send Me to a specific
folder or file on my computer or external hard drive?
I've tried dragging a alias into the document and it won't open.
I'm shure link is the wrong word but I would like it to work like a web link.

I don't have my Mac in front of me so I can't test it, but have you tried the file:// notation in place of http://?

What I'm trying to do is create some kind of symbolic link (alias) that will
work in in text document. I can't get a alias to to work in the text document.
I want to click on the alias and it would open a folder where ever it was located
on mac or external Hard Drive. Please don't give up this would be a cool
feature I just don't have the programing back ground to pull it off. I'm not exactly
sure what you mean by replacing the http:// with file:// all I know web links start
with the former. I'm all ears if want to explain.
Thanks P Campbell

What I'm trying to do is create some kind of symbolic link (alias) that will
work in in text document. I can't get a alias to to work in the text document.
I want to click on the alias and it would open a folder where ever it was located
on mac or external Hard Drive. Please don't give up this would be a cool
feature I just don't have the programing back ground to pull it off. I'm not exactly
sure what you mean by replacing the http:// with file:// all I know web links start
with the former. I'm all ears if want to explain.
Thanks P Campbell

There are many kinds of links possible; the http:// specifies that the protocol to be used for this link is http -- a web document. You can also specify ftp://, for transferring files. file:// specifies that the file is locally reachable. There's probably a better explanation available, but that will do for our purposes. Quick note: if you use your browser to read a local file (Firefox: File -> Open File...), you'll notice that the URL is a file://.

Try this:
* Open TextEdit
* Click on Format -> Text -> Link... (assuming you're already making a rich text doc, if not switch to that first).
* You'll get a dialog box asking for the Link destination. Put in something like this: "file:///Users/myUsername/test.txt" (not the quotes).
* Hit OK, and you'll have a link in your document.

When I tried this, it brought up the file in Zend Studio, even though I was pointing to a text document, so I guess Zend has grabbed the file:// protocol.

For the link, replace "/Users/myUsername/test.txt" with the path to the file you want. Note also that there are three slashes up front. The first two are part of the protocol specification ("file://"); the third is part of the path ("/Users/...").

When you save it, you can look at the rtf document with a different tool and see that it's marking this text as a link. That's how TextEdit knows that this text is special. Of course, you could put a file:// string into a plain text document, but the application you're using to read needs to know how to interpret it to let you click on it.

Dave.

Dave, Sorry for the long delay in my reply, the holiday's ate me up.
first of all thanks for the tips on (text edit/links) and the file://.
I kept trying the file://Users/myUsername/ path I couldn't get it to work.
I was surfing the net and found this little free/donation app. called
Path Snagger by Bergen Street Software by the way I made a donation
this is a cool little app. http://www.bergenstreetsoftware.com/ after installation
when you control click (I use a laptop) it brings up a contextual menu and one
of the options is snag path File:// once you click on the file it copies the path
to your clip board. Then you paste it into your text document. When I pasted
into the document the path came up (file://localhost/Users/My user name/Desktop/Untitled%202.rtf) then I followed your instructions format /text /links pasted the
path then selected all it worked. the localhost was the key and %202 must be a space identifier.
Anyway Dave thanks for the help resolving this issue. I'm a computer neophyte and any help is truly appreciated. I do have another question
when you paste the path into the link window how does text edit turn it into a clickable link? I'll wait for your reply then I'll post resolved very helpful.

Thanks Again, Paul