I would like my web application to obtain the contents of a .txt file sitting on the desktop of the client. The client will click a menu button (I am using an exotic UI library) and a file dialog will obtain the file path of the .txt as a string. Lets say myFilePath = "C:\Users\Tom\Desktop\myFile.txt"; With this information in hand, I would then like the contents of this text file to be stored in the string 'myFileContent'. I understand this is likely to make my browser explode with warnings. Web pages accessing files on your computer... madness. :crazy: If this is only possible using some other technique, please explain that technique.