Suppose I use FileNames to get a list of file names.

I know that it's possible to make a hyperlink using this kind of pattern....

Cell[TextData[ButtonBox["Link Label", BaseStyle->"Hyperlink",
               ButtonData->{FrontEnd`FileName[{"Folder names"}, "FileName.nb",  
                            CharacterEncoding -> "UTF-8"], None}]],

I would appreciate help with taking a list of file names and writing them as working hyperlinks in a specified notebook.

To be clear, I'd like the hyperlink to open the file referred to by the hyperlink.

I tried taking a file path, splitting it to get the parts, using that for the folder structure and the file name, but couldn't get it to work.

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    $\begingroup$ You want the link to open the file it is referring to? Like: Button[#, NotebookOpen[FileNameJoin[{Directory[], #}]]] & /@ FileNames["*.nb"] $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 27, 2014 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, wow, that already looks promising. I tried that, how would I modify so it looks into "sub-folders". The above command is fantastic, but only finds files in the current directory. I appreciate your help! $\endgroup$ Mar 27, 2014 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ Please take a look at FileNames documentation. All is there. Have to go now, good luck. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 27, 2014 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you... this worked for me... Button[#, NotebookOpen[#]] & /@ FileNames[{"*.nb"}, {Directory[]}, Infinity] $\endgroup$ Mar 27, 2014 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ Right, that was "theoretical", I wouldn't have folders more than 2 or 3 levels deep... I was just testing to see if it worked. Thanks for your comment. $\endgroup$ Mar 27, 2014 at 14:26

1 Answer 1


Hyperlink will work too, so for the record:

  Hyperlink[#, FileNameJoin[{Directory[], #}]] & /@ # &

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Of course you can play with FileNames and/or SetDirectory to adjust search to your needs.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! and thanks for adding that so I could give you credit for an answer! $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2014 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ @TomDeVries I'm glad I could help :) $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:28

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