Open links to teams in Desktop App
SITUATION: When you receive a link to a Teams file or folder, or really anything in Teams, like a Planner task - it sends you to the sharepoint site, regardless of whether you have the Desktop App installed and even if it is open.
RESOLUTION: Make links to any Teams elements open directly in the Teams Desktop App
This will save so much time and frustration from people, and also make Teams seem like a more integrated solution for everyone.
The team is looking into this feature and considering solutions. We will update when there is more information to share.
Any updates? This is a much needed feature... I am spending 3 minutes every time I click into a teams link because I am redirected to the website where I need to login again, and web experience is not as good as teams desktop client.
Please get on and update this behavior so links to Excel and Word files can open directly in desktop apps from link posted in Teams. Much needed feature. Links can do that directly from an email in Outlook, so they should be made to work in Teams too.
For files originally stored in OneDrive or SharePoint it seems to work: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/open-file-links-directly-in-office-desktop-apps-fe241745-9e05-4142-9ba8-1bb1dc044773
Why not making this work for Teams as well?
Vivek PP commented
When you generate a link, provide an option to open in desktop app or in sharepoint. Users can choose whichever they want to..
Brian Lee commented
Opening documents by default in Teams makes it cumbersome to work on more than one document at a time.
Hi - any hope this will happen? With your other apps, there is a "Open in desktop app"-option. Why not just add that to teams on sharepoint?
This is a much needed feature. I do not want any of my documents whether that came in a mail or chat to open in Browser. We have the app installed and it should open in the app,
Richard Bradley commented
I'm finding the inconsistent behaviour between a full browser experience and the desktop experience just as frustrating.
When working in a browser-only environment (e.g. Office 365 E1 on a Chromebook) opening links to a Teams file or folder works just fine. However, if I am collaborating in an Office browser application (e.g. Word), hover over a co-collaborator's icon and "Open contact card", if I then click on the "Start a chat with" icon I get a pointless message:
- on a Chromebook it is "Google Chrome OS can't open this page."
- on Windows 10 (*without* the Teams app installed) it is "Open URL:sip?" which does nothing if opened.
Teams in browsers is very useful for some. Teams desktop app is preferred by others. I just want a consistent, unbroken experience that works for both browser-only deployments, as well as installed app-based deployments. Having some of the functionality work for one and not the other is frustrating and confusing for users.
P.S. It has been under review by the engineering team for nearly a year now. Please can we have an update?
Please make this work.
What a waste of time and resources to constantly have it pulling up the browser instead of the desktop app.
Hello Alex and Team!
Any progress on the topic?
I'm adding to the list strange feature - link of Teams folder/file from Teams chat is opening the link in the browser?
There is no right click option - open in app or web?
This is such basic requirement and users are flagging it 3 years back and nothing?
Even a simple "where would you like to open this file?" question when you press the link would be a great step forward!
I cannot believe this could not be fixed in the last three years.
Please make links to any Teams elements open directly in the Teams Desktop App! This works on my Mac for some reason, but not my Windows computer. How can that be? It should be the other way around if anything.
Betty Wolpert commented
for at least a month I had the option to open TEAMs files in their desktop app, but now it's gone. Default choices are only Teams or Browser. Why?
Daniel Tran commented
it's almost three years and still under review?
Every improvement, no matter how obvious, I find here as a user Voice. none of it has been solved - for years. People fly to the moon... it can't be that difficult.
Links often don't even work when you are in a team's chat!
This is such an obvious feature. Why oh why is it not fixed yet?
Had a colleague complain about this just yesterday. At first I assumed it was user error as this is such an obvious feature that should have already have been implemented, especially as Microsoft owns and operates both Teams and Office.
Then I found this thread.
Come on guys...if there's a desktop app installed on the machine just get it to bloody open in there...this might be the MOST annoying "feature" on teams...it's a no brainer come on, fix it quickly for the love of all things internet