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How to make file URLs open in browser instead of downloading?

Question asked by janetchen on Aug 16, 2017
Latest reply on Jul 12, 2018 by Kai Behrend

I'm using direct file URLs to link to files in Canvas (along the lines of https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/###/file_contents/course%20files/folder/filename ), but the browser then automatically tries to download the file instead of just opening it (most of my files are PDFs) or previewing it.  Is there a way to generate a link which will open / preview instead of downloading?

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