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.
Please Please Please, hurry! I'm trying to successfully sell my team on using TEAMS vs. Google doc, etc and it's little nuances like this that have ability to splinter the vote amongst my staff. Same with giving external user access to file or folders. Too much back and forth to make that happen. If I send them link, it should arrive with access code or something. Not here's the email, press this for access code, then another email with access code, then back to enter access code. Simple but too much when with Google, it's less of this.
Peter McDermott commented
Major inconvenience. Also, hate when I have a file open and need to respond to a chat that I lose my place. Wish Teams had tabs like a browser.
We wanted to use teams as a Tool for online-presentations for our Sales Reps. When presenting in a call and sharing screen, we show pptx and have to link to PDF. No way to do this smoothly inside teams. Turns out that we have to use zoom instead bc this is a real showstopper.
Dustin Harding commented
This is the biggest pain point with Teams - especially when working with word files - they just look like **** in the Teams app. So counter-intuitive.
Alex, would you please provide an update on this? The time this solution would save is astronomical. A light version of an app just doesn't cut it and it frustrates people to no end on an hourly basis.
Marius Pretorius commented
Please give the option to open links to webpages in Teams or in the browser. In an educational context you want to keep as much as possible in Teams. When you add a link to a webpage, you want it to open in Teams - to keep the learners in a familiar environment.
E.g. You enter a link to a webpage in a post, it will open in a separate browser window. You create a tab with a link to a webpage, it will open in Teams unless you prefer it to open in a separate browser window. I would like a link in a post to behave the same way. You don't want to have to create a tab for each an every link you want to open in the Teams app.
Christian Wedel commented
YES, the links being sent via mail to a folder or file is useless.
I have to go through 2 factor authentication each time, so now I am trying to read the link and figure our which teams site and folder it is pointing to and then manually go there.
PLEASE make it possible to open directly in the desktop app, both in PC and MAC.
Newest Engineer commented
Outlook gets a teams link that should send you to work documents, sadly the link does not work on an already OPEN teams. (YES IT IS REPRODUCIBLE AND ANNOYING). DRAG THE LINK to teams nothing works.
WORSE: MUCH WORSE, Android Teams is SO SLOW that it can take 5 minuets to connect popping up INAPPROPRIATE SCREENS ALONG THE WAY. Joining a teams invitation is Horrible on Android!
Time you fixed these 2 horrible bugs... do you even get trained to not notice them?
See my post January 7, 2021 1:09 PM describing a solution to this issue.
Ian Cunningham commented
Takin a long time to look (July 2020!)
Ian Cunningham commented
this is even more important for a presenter invitation to a live event - otherwise the presenter ends up in attendees. It would be best if live event presenter invitation COULD NOT open in the web.
Luke Browell commented
A route of least resistance might be to add the preferred app as a query string parameter when links are copied/shared from MSTeams.
And for other MS WebApps such as SharePoint to honor it and redirect to it.
See URL schemes for more details: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/platform/concepts/build-and-test/deep-links
Tasks to implement:
- Add a redirect filter to MS Websites to look for the ?preferred-context or similar and route accordingly.
- Add a story to the MSTeams backlog to add the ?preferred-context=MSTeams to the end of URLs.
Here is the contents of a Registry file that will set up the Edge Policy mentioned in my last post, for those who want to try it without creating a Group Policy. I can't attach the file directly to this comment so to use it you will need to create a .reg file in Notepad and paste in the following 4 lines:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Before importing you should check the Edge://policy page to see if you already have an URLAllowlist policy defined. If you do see URLs listed check the notes below. If not, you can double click on the .reg file to load the policy.
Restart Edge (or reload the policy from edge://policy page - there is a button there) and the setting will show at the bottom of the list.
1) You will need permission to implement the policy
2) You may find that your domain group policy overwrites the Edge policy if you have already URLs defined. If so, increment the number 1 in the file to something higher than the number of URLs you are seeing (it does not need to be contiguous) and re-import.
After a lot of searching I have identified a solution to this issue: Set the policy in Edge named URLAllowlist with the value msteams://*
Once set (and no other policy settings are needed - despite what the docs say), then clicking links in Outlook or any other application will always open the Teams desktop app if it is available. If Chrome is your default browser we have not seen the same stop at the web question issue, but for completeness the policy name is the same.
Policies are set in the registry, and can be defined for an individual or a machine and can be pushed by group policy. See here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/DeployEdge/microsoft-edge-policies#urlallowlist
Note that Edge still pops up and creates another tab with the question about using Web or App, but it does not pause there - Edge is sent to the back and focus goes straight onto opening Teams App.
The only downside is that the tab in Edge is still opened (and does not close) and if you click on another link to Teams another Tab will be opened, so users will need to close these tabs later - but at least Edge is sent to the background and the user is not required to answer the question each time they join a meeting; access Tasks from an email; or any other of the links that take you to Teams app.
Please resolve. Current situation is such a nuisance.
Willem Lock commented
Please can this be an option. Whilst it is an annoying oversight, it feels clunky when doing Teams Training with clients. We just want to show off the product guys and girls :)
I really don't like the web apps; if the had exactly the same look and fee as the desktop apps ok, but they don't. Some features are non existent, others hidden somewhere else. Please open all links/files in the desktop apps, or at least have on option
Even links to List Items available in Flow (for specific created Item), redirect everyone to Sharepoint, although the List is created in Teams.
I agree with other comments posted here. The inability to configure a preference for opening links to documents on Teams makes Teams practically unusable for my department.
Have a look here an please walk the talk also for Teams App.