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)
This is really needed to be able to add a link in files section (like can be done on sharepoint) and also when clicking the link that the file opens and not having to download the link before then opening from local drive. The workaround using a WIKI will not let us organize the files in the correct folders.
Katie Bennett commented
i would love to see this too. temporary workaround (still not ideal) but you can embed that SP link as a tab in your TEAMS Channel or create a WIKI for list of links and list them there (kind of like a 2nd FILEs tab for external l inks). but i don't know why MS doesn't allow link types to open up in TEAMS. this should be fixed. is this a bug or intentional? if intentional what reason would they have to limit this?
Christian Meißner commented
Definitely confusing since links are displayed but will not work (the referenced path isn't followed). So please correct this anoying obstacle.
Kevin Kolack commented
Agreed. Ridiculous you can't add a link to your Files folders. I'm posting resources for students studying remotely, and I can upload files, but cannot point them to online resources.
Pete Garvey commented
We really need to be able to use links in the Files tab! It's so confusing for users that the links don't work and leads to duplicates files and folders being created in different channels.
Please fix this. I don't want to add a website or url on the tabs at the top of teams, I want various url links to appear in the files - document library, as it does in sharepoint. Frustrating.
Morgan Fosstveit commented
For me it's working on pc, but not on the Iphone. There it still asks for a download if I click on the Tab with the link to the SP doc library.
But, if i click the three dot, and choose Open, then it opens fine????
Andrew Chandler commented
Add another complaint to the pile. It's embarrassing that it behaves like this and not in the same manner as the SharePoint web app.
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.