What is a relative path? What is absolute Path?



A relative path is a way to specify the location of a directory relative to another directory.

For example, suppose your documents are in \\ServerName\Share\Documents and your load file is in \\ServerName\Share\MyLoadFile.DAT. The absolute path for the documents would be \\ServerName\Share\Documents. The relative path from \\ServerName\Share\MyLoadFile.DAT to \\ServerName\Share\Documents would be \Documents. 

The path to a specific file in the documents directory in the load file would look like the following:

  • Absolute Path: \\ServerName\Share\Documents\MyEmail.msg
  • Relative Path: \Documents\MyEmail.msg

 Relative Paths are supported and recommended by AccessData


This is the common problem when images, text or native fails fail to load in the viewer when they have come from from a load file initially.