How to link to pdf files?

I’m trying to create a link to a pdf in my files so that when the link is pressed, it will open the pdf file in a separate window. I thought that this below would work, and while it is creating a successful link titled “Empathy and its Discontents”, it isn’t actually linking to anything in my files:

There was a previous forum post about the same thing, but I think the structure of the text was formatted for Windows users; I am on Mac, so it wouldn’t work for me. Brand new to Obsidian, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

I am not on Mac OS so I am not familiar with this - but I think the path you inserted is possibly not an absolute one?

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Assuming your Downloads folder is in its typical location as a subdirectory of your home directory, you can use the shortcut to your home directory (~) to create a link like this:

[Empathy and its Discontents](file://~/Downloads/ResearchPapers/Other/EmpathyanditsDiscontents.pdf)