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Make saved Outlook attachments visible to Teams

Saving email attachments to a team Sharepoint site (Outlook 2016, Save to Onedrive, Group files) leaves them hidden from Teams. This is because the attachments are saved to the team's Sharepoint main folder, which is not associated with a channel. This is confusing to the user, who wonders why the files do not appear in Teams. The user has to know to open Sharepoint and manually relocate the attachments to the desired channel after saving them.

One solution would be to expose channels in Outlook 2016, so the user can select the channel where the files should be saved.

Another solution would be to expose the Sharepoint main folder within Teams, so the saved attachments are visible without having to be moved.

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      • PamK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree that the files should be able to go directly to the subfolder within Teams.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not only does it need to expose Channels, it needs to expose the directory structure (as in the Files tab) so that the attachment can be place in the correct directory.

      • LisaJo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think the "General" tab should be linked to the All Documents view of the library, not a channel. Then, the discrepancy between TEAMS and GROUPS that have not be teamified would be eliminated. Right now, clicking Files for an O365 Group via Outlook shows the All documents view and clicking on the similarly named tab in TEAMS for the General tab for that same O365 Group shows the contents of the General folder. While I understand the distinction and that there isn't any content missing, end-users DO NOT understand and think their files are missing. I'm getting tired of explaining this to them.

      • Per Ove Sandhåland commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I totally agree that this is something that should be native to outlook. Working with files is over 80% of the work being done with information. Handling files is very important for an good experience for the people of all competence levels in an organisation. Relying on costly 3rd party tools is just not good enough. Please empower people to do more!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have deployed teams to 2 employees and they need the ability to save Outlook attachments in Teams file directories.

      • Carlos Cordeiro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes PLEASE add this feature. As many have expressed, either show the main document library in teams or show the channels from Outlook. Something else to consider would be a browser add-in to upload files from Teams to any website.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Another thing that should be common sense and put into place when launching the product.

      • Ian Waters commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I've just rolled out teams and facing same issue. Users click to upload attachments go to more then select the team. The files then save to the sharepoint main folder and dont get put into 'General'. Users cant find any attachments.

        There needs to be an option to click the team then channel then folder etc in the same way outlook does when attaching a file from teams.

      • Magnus G commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree! This is a key feature of usability to get end users to embrace Microsoft Teams.

      • Meenakshi Jayanthi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, there should be a capability to show/access attachment associated to a channel within the folder location of the channel.

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