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    Hi Ramesh, 

    Welcome to the Box Community!

    A "Shared link", once enabled, can be sent to another user whether they have a Box account or not. This is also depends on the shared link settings that has currently been set to.

    There is a more advanced setting called, "Link Settings", that can be modified as well and in this setting, you can access the "Direct link" of a file.

    A "Direct link" is a web address [URL] that links directly to a file without using Box Preview. This is different from a regular shared link, which brings users to the Box Preview screen for a shared file.

    Direct links end with the file's extension type. Therefore, if you are linking to a Microsoft Word document, a direct link ends with *.doc. 

    When a someone clicks on the direct link, the file is downloaded onto their computer, or opened by a default program/tab, depending on computer settings. 

    Direct linking can also be used to host images or files for your website or blog.
    Direct linking is available only for individual files, and is unavailable for folders. A link to a folder is always the web address of a Box page.

    To learn more about Shared links and Direct links, please take a look at these articles:

    Let us know if you have questions and we will do our best to help you!

    Best,

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