A direct link is a web address (URL) that lets you link directly to a file. This is different from a regular web link, which will direct the user to a Box page.
Direct links end with the file's extension type. Therefore, if you are linking to a Microsoft Word document, a direct link will end with *.doc. When a user clicks on the link, a pop-up window will prompt the user to either open the file in Microsoft Word or download the file onto their computer.
Direct Linking is a great feature to use when sending a file to someone without directing them to Box. Direct linking can also be used to host images or files for your website or blog. Direct Linking is only available for individual files and is unavailable for folders. A link to a folder will always be a web address of a Box page.
You can get a direct link by right-clicking on a file and selecting 'Link to this file' from the "Share" submenu.
On the pop-up window please select the address shown beneath the 'Direct Link' field.
This feature is only available for paid account types. If you are a free user who wishes to use this feature, please upgrade your account.