Please add the option to remove the files tab
I want our team to use Sharepoint for files and therefore I have added Sharepoint at the tab bar on top. However, it doesn't seem possible to remove the files tab. This creates two places where files are stored. Please add the option to remove the files tab.
Dave Z commented
This is affecting many MS business customers that use both Sharepoint as their intranet and Teams as their collaboration hub. With the Teams channel File tab still being an ad-hoc file storage/sharing solution, it disrupts the bridge between SPO and Teams in terms of file collaboration.
I have resubmitted this request to MS via the Teams UserVoice forum. I'm hoping it gains more attention as it's a dire need for our organization.
Another vote to remove the files tab. There are many customers who work in highly regulated industries (legal, healthcare, finance, etc.) that cannot allow potentially sensitive data in SharePoint. Legal especially likely already has a document management system for this, and locked down network folders, so another (forced) data repository is not helpful. Please allow us to remove the files tab.
Mandino Nabula commented
Besides your actual problem (that you want people to upload files directly in SharePoint) this is a good proposal because what I want is to show only certain things in a specific channel, and I don't want to put a "files" section, I need to delete that tab. If I leave the files tab, people will upload files, and I don't want them to do that. I need that tab out together with the "posts" because I also want that any comments have to be on the "General" channel.
Can't you just click the "open in SharePoint" and make this document library ("file tab") a read only in the library permission settings (leaving the two owners at full FSO permissions)? Would that not stop people from uploading to the file tab instead of the document library tab that was added?
The problem sharepoint is that is it not a file server and not good for storing regular files and folders.
The user case for wanting this ability to remove or relink appear to be numerous below. Here is what I feel is a very important for the reason to have this capability.
When migrating from legacy SharePoint platforms, we are working with sites with multiple document libraries for sites that were department teams. This department sites are great candidates for Microsoft Teams.The content is not organizational content but for a department team. As I migrate the various document libraries into the SP site for the MS Teams, I will need to control the direction for end users.
This means we want them to use the designated libraries. Not the default library's general folder. This will disrupt the flow of content as designed by the department team's owner(s).
We are struggling with this issue also. We want to use teams for chat and co-authoring draft documents for all aspects of managing our customers but we want to use workspaces (sharepoint) as our final document repository. We want to use workspaces so we can tag them and provide filtered views of certain categories but these categories are only channels in our teams. We need 2 different views over the same data. It would be ideal if we could hide the files tab, create channels and point each channel to a different workspace.
Please offer the flexibility to remove, hide, rename or move, OR add a link next to "Open in SharePoint" to say "Open in OneDrive", for the Files tab, please. This will cause confusion for our non-technical team members who desire to associate documents to OneDrive alone.
While adding the ability to hide the Files tab may help administrators, ultimately, it doesn’t resolve the UI/UX issue—particularly for non-admins.
PROBLEM WITH TEAMS:
Currently, when a group is created in Teams, the default configuration for Files doesn’t make any sense—at least in the context of how it integrates with SharePoint.
“Files” is a fixed tab in Team that points to a subfolder called “General” within Documents in SharePoint. This leads to a massive disconnect….particularly when users, who access content directly through SharePoint, add folder-file structures in Documents (e.g. outside of the General folder). None of those folders-files will appear for users in the Teams UI. Ugh.
The developers, when defining defaults for a new group in Teams, should replace the Files tab with Documents.
Then, whether you open SharePoint from within Teams or navigate there directly to SharePoint, everyone will be on the same page. That will eliminate all confusion.
David Blaszyk commented
Should be able to (a). add the ability disable/redirect/remove, or (b) allow the Files tab to be point to any existing Files-based area hosted on your existing SharePoint implementation.
This does directly impact usability for our team and clients and is a barrier for adoption.
What I have done to guide users on all the team groups, is to place a txt file in the General Folder with a file name: "Please use the Document Library Tab above.txt".
See attached image.
Remove or hide the tab files, please
Michelle Jones commented
The removal of the Files tab should be available for those with Data Governance issues who do not want files stored in SharePoint. As a law firm with Document Management System, this is a problem.
Another post from MS has said that they are not planning to allow changes to be made to the Files tab. But, keep mentioning it and...who knows....
Tom Hoglund commented
But at least let us move that tab to the right if we want to
Tom Hoglund commented
Teams actually does use SharePoint for its file storage. Go to Files tab then click Open in SharePoint and you will see any files created. You can work directly in that SharePoint instance (automatically created when the Team is created) instead of using a completely different SP site and create any sort of folder structure you might want there. So less need to ever have a "SharePoint" tab. If you want to surface other SP features in Teams (e.g., a tabular view of a SP List), you can set up a tab with a URL link to that specific SP page.
Anthony G commented
I so agree with you, or given admin option to disable or combine the 0365 group files to "bypass" and use the sharepoint only for that team / or just that channel