Ability to Remove Files Tab

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The files tab is very limited, and takes up unnecessary room.  Will there be a plan to allow to remove that tab, OR...replace it with the better 'document library' tab as a default?  I don't want to be forced to be one folder in, in a document library.

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Hello Dustin and thanx for this question. We likely will not allow the Files tab to be configurable but I hear you on its capabilities. We are doing work to add more functionality for metadata and custom views in the Files area. However we want to split that with simplicity for a large portion of our users who simply want to save a file and do it in the context of the channel.

You can add as many other document libraries into the files view as you like, giving you a single space for all your libraries (should you wish)

That's right Mark - but you can't remove the core files tab that connects the folder to the channel name etc.

@Karuana Gatimu 

 

I hope it is understood by Microsoft how messy the Files tab can be for enterprises.

The Files tab is almost equivalent to people opening a Dropbox site to share files and then they never bring them back to the enterprise.  

 

I understand it is not possible to remove the files tab but can it be hidden? If not, what is the best recommendation to discourage its use? or alternatively the recommended process to bring the files to their right location once the team has wrapped up?

 

As mentioned by other colleagues a document library is a better option to keep files in the right structures where they can be found later. In our organization we have to create a file called "Don't put any files in here" in the Files tab in order to remind people to use the Document Library.

 

Will there be an opportunity to allow OneDrive access from the Files Tab? The OneDrive UI is very appealing in its structure, links, and Shared Library capabilities, compared to the SharePoint document UI for Files. 

@kensleylewis that already exists if you click the files tab on the left hand side.  I can see my 'onedrive' in there.

Partially...it does not show Shared Libraries. That is the one part of OneDrive that gives any hope for team collaboration on document usage. Users will still have to open a new browser window outside of Teams to experience this.


@Dustin Halvorson 

I totally agree.  The ability to "turn off" or remove the files tab would be a great feature for those enterprises that are using a specific CRM for their document management repository.  Having this here, while convenient will confuse new team members as to document management policies employed by the organization. 

 

At there very least, the ability to insert a link to an internal CRM would be helpful.  I've tried using the "Website" file type, but it only takes "https://" URLs.

@Karuana Gatimu We have restricted our domain on the Sharepoint level of preventing all files from being accessed outside of our org. Required by a client audit. Since Sharepoint is the backbone repository for Teams, it makes the File tab useless when we have a Team with external guests. We try to tell our internal users to stop dropping files in the Files tab because our clients can't see the items. Would love to have the option to "hide" the tab or move far to the right. 

I certainly agree. FOr some Teams we want to use existing SP Sites to collaborate on documents and do not want to use the underlying Team site. To stop people from using the document library in the underlying site you can assign unique permissions to the document library in SP.. We are still testing all the ramification of this but it looks promising. An ability to delete, hide, or better still configure the files tab to point to another SP document library would be great.