Is it possible to disable the Files tab from the Chat Window in Teams

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Through Microsoft teams, our plan is to encourage our staff teams to go to their Teams location or Channel locations to manage their files. We do not want them to unintentionally associate group chat documents, to someones individual OneDrive account. 

 

How can we disable or hide the Files tab from the Chat section in Teams?

 

 

 

 

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@kensleylewis I don't think this is a good idea, people will just email files to each other and you'll lose the benefit. You are unlikely to have a team or channel for every interaction that happens in your business, there's always adhoc things that sit outside this structure.

Chats, even group chats are clearly perceived by users as fairly temporary structures, teams are longer lived, I've never seen it come up that information is lost in group chats. To be honest I don't really see very many real group chats at all, that happens in the teams.

 

In simple terms I think the answer would be to prevent them sharing files in OneDrive, then the feature in Teams will not work. There is no specific control to disable sharing in chat, you can turn it off entirely in a Messaging Policy.

@Steven Collierthanks for the quick feedback.  I clearly see your recommendations based on what you have research, but we don't want to disable sharing in the Chat.  Sharing has its benefits for us. I was simply inquiring on a way to disable or hide the Files tab itself within the Chat window.

 

I respect your analysis, but just speaking as one business professional to another, you haven't worked or collected UI testing data from my national staff headquarters. I'm speaking on behalf of how my staff operates, and how they can mature in a UI experience in managing files through Teams.

 

Again thanks for the feedback!

Ah, I see that many of my brothers in arms have requested for a similar setup but have been rejected...

 

Removing them from Teams I agree with. But from chat, not so much. They do need to improve the tab thou and allow better management (It should be the Shared view in onedrive IMO). Bummer that it was rejected, since not every channel needs files. Or ideally if we have to have one, at least let it be customized locations.
This is affecting many MS business customers that use both Sharepoint as their intranet and Teams as their collaboration hub. With the Teams channel File tab still being an ad-hoc file storage/sharing solution, it disrupts the bridge between SPO and Teams in terms of file collaboration.

I have resubmitted this request to MS via the Teams UserVoice forum. I'm hoping it gains more attention as it's a dire need for our organization.

My Teams UserVoice submission: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/43410924-allow-the-file-tab-in...