I have two Macbook Pros in my office. I would like to send a link to a file (specifying its path) to another user, using that other MacBook Pro. We have a commonly mounted network drive. So I would just like to send the link to the file I'm asking her to reference. I can see that the 'add link' feature lets people attach URLs. But what about these semi-private files on the local network?

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    Can’t you just copy-paste the path?
    – duci9y
    Oct 26, 2012 at 15:58

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In most cases you can drag a file into a terminal window to get the full path and that would be something you could paste into an iMessage window.

If you want it to be a true link to the file, prepend the path with file://

  • file:///Volumes/NAS/path/to/file
  • Does about 90% of what I hoped it would. When I have the full path to the file (e.g. a .doc), iMessage will only invoke the Finder to display the folder that holds the file. iMessage isn't smart enough to get MS Word application started and actually show the file.
    – Rolnik
    Oct 26, 2012 at 17:46

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