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Microsoft Teams - "Files Tab" Remove?

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AnthonyJoseph
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Hello,

 

Our company has been using Teams for some time now and we are gradually trying to move our clients towards it. We have however, had some issues with the default "file tab". With clients whom have existing SharePoint Sites with elaborate permissions created, we find the "file tab" to be confusing. Is there anyway to remove that? What has been some of your workarounds or ways to succesfully use the "Files Tab"? Thanks for all your feedback! 

 

Cheers,

 

Anthony

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Nope, can't be removed, I wish it was an option to do so or at least redirect them.

As for ideas. I would move my existing sites into the Teams SharePoint site, but seems that isn't an option for you so your best bet would be to make use of the "Cloud Storage" option. This will basically add a folder to your File tab that essentially is a virtual folder to your other library. So this is a good way to link another library into the existing tab.

The negative with this approach or any other approach in Teams is it has to be done per channel. So I usually do it in the general channel and people just know that's where they go to use the "Document Repository". They still use their channel files tabs, and I encourage it for collab. Then inform them to pop out to "Open in SharePoint" and use Move to. And move the files to the repository from there. Or they can use Teams as well if version history isn't needed.

Hopefully at some point MIcrosoft releases the Files tab replacement so it goes straight to SharePoint so the MoveTo command is accessible from within Teams but that seems to be heavily delayed for some reason and haven't heard anything on it lately.
Agree with Chris here.

Just a FYI Anthony to add to Chris's solution, the call for the default File Tab to be permitted to be renamed was rejected by MS

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/17731678-make-it-possible-to-r...

And the call to hide the Files Tab hasn't been picked up after being raised in January

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/33086557-redirect-files-tab-to...

Best, Chris
Voted for 2nd one, cause sometimes you just don't want people storing files for a channel, or have a single source of truth you want them using.

Anyway, another option that I've used as well is used ShareGate to Migrate my folder and permissions into channels to match the library to some degree, but not knowing use case, it might not be possible in this instance or make sense, but it is something i've used before.

I agree with this as well.  Microsoft please add option to disable certain tabs (e.g. files) from a channel.

Hi,
I know its frustrating but its a core tab for each channel's folder where it store files. I wont remove it nor hide it ... but RE NAME to something ... "Channal files" , "Contents" :)

Thanks,
Thuyavan

Was this picked up, resolution?

Hi! As you can see if you click the link, it has still not been picked up! Probably due to low vote count! Go and and make a vote and wish for the best :)

Adam
Same status on both I am afraid.

@AnthonyJoseph 

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.

the frustrating file tab.png

 

Thank you.

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