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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)

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  • Raudaskoski commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

    Part 1.
    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.

    Part 2.
    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Was looking for the same, disappointing lack of basic functionality in Teams. Please address this!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Desmond Wong commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to add support for request. We have several advocates of Teams, and more of this functionality would make adoption to Teams easier for our users.

  • Olivier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have a lot internal url software without http like our internal Microsoft project center, Onpromise Sharepoint list, Landesk ticketing with ticket page in http.

    You Should supply a way to add http for none internet URL (no www) to allow company internal URL software

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes this was a feature in the classroom and it was great as we could put useful videos and articles for students to read before a lesson! Would love to have this feature back!

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