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Open a direct file on the hard drive from Firefox (file:///)

I have a small PHP system I created for myself. This system contains a few .doc and .docx file documents. I want to be able to open them directly from the browser without downloading them.

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Guest [Entry]

"Both Firefox and IE8 support the File URI scheme.

Here are some examples valid for
Windows systems, referring to the same
file c:\WINDOWS\clock.avi


file://localhost/c|/WINDOWS/clock.avi
file:///c|/WINDOWS/clock.avi
file://localhost/c:/WINDOWS/clock.avi
file:///c:/WINDOWS/clock.avi


While the last is the most obvious and
human-readable, the first one is the
most complete and correct one.

Apparently (from the same url):

Mozilla browsers refuse to follow file URLs on a page that it has fetched with the HTTP protocol.

but:

Mozilla browsers can be configured to override this security restriction as detailed in Mozillazine's ""Links to Local Pages Don't Work""."