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I'm setting up some iPads, and pointing Safari to www.mywebsite.com/spreadsheet.xlsx and it's displaying the document fine. That part is OK.

I'm just wondering if there is a way to add a iOS Icon to the document so I can save it to the springboard of the iPad? Maybe embedding the document in HTML?

PHP could also possibly be used but I'm really not sure how I would go about doing this, has anyone managed anything like this before?

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You probably know How to Add Home Screen Icons in Safari for the iPad. What I can't verify right now is if you can add a link to a specific non-html document the same way, but if not, linking to an HTML page that gives a note and redirects automatically after some seconds to the document to initiate the download might work.

Like with:

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=www.mywebsite.com/spreadsheet.xlsx" />
  • Interesting way to do it. I'll have a look and let you know. Thankyou. – Joe Turner Oct 2 '12 at 7:51

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