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Linking to Excel files Answered

I've been a lurker for a while now and I am currently writing my first Instructable.  I'd like to be able to include an Excel spreadsheet which I developed to help design the item I am writing about.  I have uploaded the file but it seems that the site treats it like a picture.  Is there a way to include a link to a file you have uploaded so that the reader can download it and use it?  I could always upload it to a file sharing site or Google Docs and link to it there but I feel there must be a way to do it withing the Instructables site.  You'd have a similar need for things like CAD drawings or code files.

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kelseymh

8 years ago

You discovered the answer :-) The "image library" can store any arbitrary file, but only a small set of formats (PNG, JPEG, GIF) will be displayed as images. The others just get an icon and a clickable link.

For spreadsheets, you could also consider uploading it to Google Docs, and embedding a link to the document in your I'bles text. That would allow users to see the data directly, without having to have Micro$**t Office on their system :-) What I don't know is whether Google Docs allows you to set a document "read only"...

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TheOnlyShasta9

8 years ago

Duh, belay that question. I just previewed the Instructable and realised that the file appears as a clickable link. Nice job by the site designer!