Cannot open link file types from with the Files tab
I dragged some URL link items from a folder in OneDrive into the Files section in Teams
When I click on these URL links from within the Teams Files tab they do not open to a website, instead they try to download
If I click to the actual library within Sharepoint, and then click these URL links, they open ok (ie. they take you to a website)
Why don't they open from within the Teams Files tab?
BTW - I noticed in the "New" menu in the Teams Files tab you can create a new folder or file, but you cannot create a new URL link. Whereas in both OneDrive and Sharepoint the "New" menu has a "link" selection (it's the globe icon)
Craig Fisher commented
Sheesh. Another no-brainer that seems to have passed them by as a quick-win.
Microsoft are you guys for real this was posted in 2017. I just found a use case for this, set it up, encountered this issue, and whalla first hit on google. Shaking my head..
This is really 'broken', not just a missing feature. If you create a link-type document in a Sharepoint directory, then one should be able to open that from Teams. But right now, that DOES NOT WORK.
Jamie Thomson Pate commented
I use the link function all the time within Sharepoint to provide links to avoid duplication of files when collaborating across teams or linking to archived work. Please add support within MS Teams file tab!
John Gillanders commented
We just found this issue too - frustrating! I want to be able to keep resources organised into folders in a Team channel's File tab (including links to useful websites), but this makes it impractical to do so. It's really silly that it works in the Team's SharePoint site but not in Teams itself.
Microsoft, please stop duplicating functionality over and over again or it creates these kinds of issues. Web file management should all work the same everywhere within the Microsoft ecosystem (except there might be different additional features in different contexts, but the baseline should remain the same).
Eric Burger commented
So you can add URLs to a SP doclibrary, but you can't open these from Teams in the file tab? I can't believe this isn't working.... do we really have to vote this up the Teams roadmap?
March 2020, 150 votes only - and still counting....
Mark Moore commented
It is odd that this functionality has still not been implemented still or any input from Microsoft in here. Adding links to Sharepoint document libraries was and still is an awesome way to prevent file duplication across libraries, the link that appears in teams is not in the least bit functionally. Please give us some feedback! Will see if I can mobilize my company to increase the vote count :)
The ability to create 'Links' or 'Shortcuts' to other sharepoint and onedrive files is the crucial piece here. This is effectively the same as sharing a file with everyone on the team and providing a link to reach that file. This is just giving that link a home on the files tab. Further development would include previewing / editing this file within teams. But the ability to link existing files and accessing them without downloading is the big first step here.
Still having a number of files on "old SharePoint", it would make sense to be able to link to certain documents in the Files tab of a channel.
It would be good if the "New"-button... included "Link" - and if one opens the document library in SharePoint - where it is possible to insert links - it must work in the Files view in Teams. Now URLs created in the SharePoint view does not work in the Files tab.
Chris Gray commented
This limits the ability to re-use a single document (other than in a conversation)
There area few other uservoice similar items such as this one
Is there any update on if/when this will be coming ?
Links to files works in Sharepoint. It's possible to use url-links as files in Sharepoint. But you have to open teams first in Sharepoint and then use the link to access correct file. Furthermore one is not able to create url-link while using teams desktop app. I really hope that this feature is coming in teams from Sharepoint universe...
J Tenneson commented
This would be incredibly valuable. We are a large organization with different groups creating significant documentation but only some of it is valuable to the team I'm guiding. I would love to be able to link to the official document from within the Files area of a team.
Effectively, add a new option to "Move to" and "Copy to". Add "LInk to"
So, in the 'user story' structure.
As a user I would like to be able to us a "Link to" feature for a file (or folder) in FIles tab and choose a destination team Files tab to post a link.
As a user, when I click on a link created by the "Link to" feature, I would like the file to open in the files tab in teams as if the file lived natively inside the folder.
Functionally - instead of moving the file, or creating a copy, I want a working link to make sure I always provide my team with access to the master copy without trying to maintain versions. As there is a lot of documentation in areas that my group does not need to see, having them join the other team and navigate through the other team's file structure will not be productive.
J. Warwick commented
One other note: I really like the Teams client for Android. URL files are extra cumbersome on Android: after downloading the URL files, Android is pretty confused about what to do with them. Although it really is a defect of Android, I would like to see an Optional (can turn it off in settings, or only get this feature with long-press) way to get the client to parse the .URL file contents and then issue an Android Intent for web navigation.
J. Warwick commented
Also useful for having organized documentation that includes links back to technical references from vendors. For example, you want a nicely named "Microsoft ActiveDirectory .NET Library Reference.URL" and upon clicking, the user navigates directly to the official lib ref online on Microsoft's website. Or perhaps, if people are squeamish about that, at least produce a dialog box that shows the URL, does a quick safety check (i.e., does it show up on any known-published badguy/phising lists?) with a big "OK, Yes please, Navigate in Web browser" button.
Kyle Smith commented
Really all I want to do is not duplicate files. I'm already working out of a "Corporate Approved" file structure where my whole company goes to find particular files and I'd like to not have to upload each one individually for those working out of teams. I'm guessing a Copy Flow may be my best option but it seems pretty basic to either allow me to add that folder by itself(not a Document Library) or provide a link to the folder in the Teams file section...
Mark Moore commented
What is so bad about NOT having this feature is that if users have used the SharePoint document library in the background and used the "new" button to add a link to a file, it works perfectly in SharePoint, so they are happy. Next person comes along in MS Teams and the get an awful experience when they click the link in the files section of teams. This should have been addressed by now
Was looking for the same, disappointing lack of basic functionality in Teams. Please address this!
It's been a year and you still cannot open a SharePoint URL in Teams?! Speechless.
This feature would be a big help. Related to this if you try to open a link in teams on an iphone it does not work at all.