"Copy link" (aka permalink) doesn't work properly (bug)
I'm using Teams on a Mac.
Today I opened up Teams and was delighted to discover that there is now a "Copy link" option under the three-dot menu on each message. Unfortunately it doesn't work. Upon using it I would have expected to get a URL in my clipboard (pretty safe assumption for a menu item labelled "Copy link") but that's not what happened. Instead, this is what ended up in my clipboard:
Firstname lastname: Request you to add some links or documents regarding …
posted in Technology Communities/Tech Renewal General Ideas and Questions at 23 Mar 2018 04:44
I mean, come on. Seriously? What on earth is that? Its just some text that contains the first part of the message. Its not a URL. How you can mess up something so fundamental as a permalink is utterly beyond me.
I'm on a mac by the way. I tried using the "Copy link" feature at https://teams.microsoft.com in Chrome and the same thing happened.
Please pease please fix this.
Tim Lethbridge commented
If you know the id of the user, you can replace firstname.lastname@example.org in the following URL and bookmark it. Then you can open that chat any time you want. I also find this works in some calendar apps to open chats with people at specific times. This is not a complete answer, but for me it was an excellent workaround:
Craig Rodrigues commented
If I use the web version of Teams at https://teams.microsoft.com (July 20, 2021), then clicking on three dots next to a message does not reveal a "Copy Link" menu item.
If I use the Teams client for Mac, version 1.4.00.16263, that also has the same problem where clicking on three dots next to a message does not reveal a "Copy Link" menu item.
This function does not appear to be available for "chats", only channel messages.
Farrukh Najmi commented
There is no "Copy link" menu item in the desktop app on Linux. I am finding Teams to be missing so much compared to slack :-(
Duarte Cunha Leão commented
I can only access the "copy link" option when in a message in a team channel, but not in a message of a meeting's internal chat...
"On the backlog" for 2 years now. Way to go, MS!
Steve Vicary commented
The copy link is working fine for the internal organization - but when I am accessing an external site and copy a link on their team site -- it links me back to a conversation on my internal site and not the URL it was suppose to link to. Please fix soon.
Jay Gerber commented
I don't understand. I can't access this feature at all, on either the web app or the desktop app. I have clicked on the ellipses for: the chat on the left hand pane; under the message bar; and on individual comments, and I have never received any option to create/copy a link for the chat. WHat am I missing?
Bogdan Marius Calapod commented
Took me 10 minutes to figure out what the hell was going on.
That button is useless if I can't paste the link in Facebook Messenger, for example.
Hollow Delivery commented
Looks like it works now, but it's a pathetic Trojan Horse method to get you to download and use their unnecessaery desktop app. Seriously?! That's a CLOUD fail. Life is in the browser, MS - Google gets it, but you just can't seem to do so...2 steps forward, 3 steps back (yep, those numbers are purposefully in their places).
Nick Manganas commented
I was able to resolve this issue by signing into Sharepoint in IE - Stay signed in - and generating the link again - it gave me the same exact URL but the link is now working
This might work on the same premise as when you map a sharepoint library to a drive letter?
I am having this issue. I read through the blog and tried building the link and pasting in the email. Still did not work. When email recipient tries to open asks them to verify their identify. when they enter their email it says that the address isn't associated with this secure link. The person that I sent this too is a member of the teams site. If she goes to the teams site and clicks on the document she can open with no issues.
Tim Evers commented
Experiencing this now.
When pasting this "link" into a powerpoint, you have to click Insert link and build it that way - which is NOT user friendly or intuitive especially when I can copy the URL for google and simply right click paste and the link is created. Please fix this. It is the everyday issues like this that frustrates our user community and creates bad user experiences with Microsoft.
Nithya ramakrishnan commented
Any updates on why the copy link to tab opens the Conversation Tab in browser instead of opening the Tab itself. This seems to be a recent issue.
i am experiencing the same issue of the copy link not working.
With the PC app, copy link to tab is not working. It copies a URL, but this URL directs to the "conversation" tab every time, not the tab that was open when the URL was copied
Jamie Thomson commented
hold on... looks like the old behaviour has returned. Just tried it on the desktop app on mac and my clipboard contains all the extra gubbins as reported before. All I want is the URL.
Its exasperating that just a few days ago I had a version of the desktop app that didn't exhibit this behaviour and now I've got a version in which its returned. I harbour hopes that in the long term this will be fixed. Permanently.
My current version of the mac desktop app is by the way. Here's what it says in About>Version:
You have Microsoft Teams Version 1.1.00.31953. It was last updated on 07/12/2018.
I've just checked on iOS and it looks like the proper behaviour (i.e. clipboard only contains the URL) is still in place which is good news.
Jamie Thomson commented
Just tried this in the desktop app on mac and it looks like its fixed. The only thing in my clipboard after clicking "Copy link" was the URL. Nothing else.
Tried it on mobile too, same behaviour there.
Great news. Thanks for fixing.
On mobile I expect to be able to long press any link and choose copy. But currently I don't get any kind of context menu so I cannot copy links on mobile.