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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 Sep 30, 2017 by chofer@morainepark.edu

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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