Links to folders with special characters on a server do not decode correctly for Windows explorer

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Steps to reproduce

I am trying to link to a folder that I would normally access via for example

Expected result

Windows explorer should open at that folder location

Actual result



  • Operating system:
  • Obsidian version:
    Windows 10 Enterprise version 20H2

Additional information

So when I enter
That works perfectly but when I enter
That does not work, Windows explorer does not recognize the URI code:
Looks like Obsidian has translated it into something like:
Which does not work for explorer.
Windows explorer does no longer support the decoding of the escape character %. So when the folder names contain special characters AND are not local but on a network server there is an error. Linking to local files like “file://c:/göteborg/” works fine.


Obsidian v12.19