Jul 25 2019 01:49 AM - edited Jul 25 2019 01:52 AM
Jul 25 2019 01:49 AM - edited Jul 25 2019 01:52 AM
We have an issue in our organisation where the link between SharePoint sites and Teams is becoming tricky to manage. I'll try my best to explain.
Whenever we deploy a SharePoint site for a team or department, we have particular site collections that they go into, just to keep things neatly organised.
The problem we're facing is that I might create a site for, say, HR, that sits in our HR site collection. When I want to create a HR Teams channel, creating the Team automatically creates and attaches a SharePoint site to that channel. However, this site is not the one we want HR to use and is stored in the wrong site collection. In other words, I create the Teams channel, Teams automatically creates an empty SharePoint site for the Teams documents to be stored in, but we've already got another HR site setup which is in its correct site collection.
I'd like to be able to make the 'files' tab of the channel link to the correct HR site, not the default one the channel creates for you. I know you can easily add a new tab and select the right document library, but then any files you attach within Teams just direct to the files tab which is still connected to the wrong site.
Does anyone know how I can do this? Or, is there a way I can create the Teams channel from the HR site itself so that it doesn't automatically deploy an additional site?
Jul 25 2019 02:06 AMSolution
Sep 25 2019 07:49 AM
I came across your post today when I searched for "associating" folders with Team Files. What happend to us was that the original team file was Renamed or altered in some way, and vanished fron the File tab, although the original is still available by going "open in SharePoint" I tried to fix this but failed, the only thing was to move the original file contents back into the new folder.
Im not sure but there may be a sort of solution here to your problem buried somewhere in all this as I noticed I can alter the permissions in the original folder, everyone can easily reach it from Teams but only those with permissions can view edit etc. Although not a ideal solution maybe you could show users how to access using open in SharePoint. I tried adding a Tab to reach the old file it but I cannot make it work. @Toby McDaid
Nov 08 2019 08:56 AM - edited Nov 08 2019 08:57 AM
@GAScott I ran into a very similar issue today: when I had renamed a SharePoint documents folder, its link to the Teams "Files" tab was broken. Here is how I changed the name after all.
I had originally created a new Team team called "MIS", the name of our business unit. Within the new team I had created a new channel called "MIS management meetings". This resulted neatly in the creation of a SharePoint site "MIS" and a folder "MIS management meetings" within the "Documents" section of the SharePoint site.
Then, wanting to drop the "MIS" bit from the name, I renamed the Teams channel from "MIS management meetings" to "Management meetings", and all was fine.
But when I renamed the SharePoint folder from "MIS management meetings" to just "Management meetings", the "Files" tab in Teams showed up empty.
There seems to be no way in Teams to point the channel "Files" tab towards a new folder name. In other words, it seems impossible to access the metadata for the "File" tab and type a new path.
On helpdesk fora, two other options are given: to select "Add cloud storage", or to add a new tab linking to SharePoint site. These were not what I wanted. I wanted to simply keep one single "Files" tab but redirect it to the new folder. Neither did I want to keep the old original folder name.
What I did to solve the problem:
1. I temporarily renamed the SharePoint folder as well as the channel to their old name "MIS management meetings". This restored the content of the channel "Files" tab.
2. I created a new empty folder on SharePoint called "Management meetings"
3. In Teams, I created a new channel called "Management meetings". This creation led to the automatic detection of the SharePoint folder, which correctly showed up as the "Files" tab.
4. In SharePoint, I moved all documents from "MIS Management meetings" to "Management meetings". As a result, the subfolders and files now showed up in the "Files" tab of the new channel "Management meetings".
5. I deleted the old channel "MIS Management meetings", accepting the loss of a few conversations within it. (Luckily we had run into this issue quickly so nothing much valuable was lost).
The best solution would be that Teams admins could simply open the metadata for the channel "Files" tab and point it towards a different folder.
Nov 15 2019 01:01 AM
I am also having same requirement /issue ,can any one tell if there is any solution to this.
Nov 15 2019 01:19 AM
Apr 21 2020 07:44 AM
@adam deltinger How can we simply get a link to the Files tab of a channel such that when a user clicks the link it opens a window to the linked channel Files tab view?
Apr 26 2020 01:14 AM
@NickVanMaele Having the exact same issue, seems like folder renaming is not possible ? Even worse, it is possible but breaks the system without warning. I use the sync function , then renamed the channel and the local folder, same issue as you describe.
Aug 19 2020 04:13 PM
Thanks, Adam. That was super helpful. It solved a closely related problem of mine. I wanted to be able to pin documents from another Sharepoint site to the tab of a Channel. Being a novice to Teams, I almost overlooked your answer because you explained it so quickly.
For anyone who wants/needs to do the same, go into the Files tab of your Channel and click "Add Cloud Storage". From there you need to add the relevant Sharepoint folder. Once you've added that Sharepoint folder to your Channel you can access any files in that folder through the Files tab of that Channel. From there, simply navigate to the file that you want to pin to the tab, click the ellipses (the three dots) next to the file and select "Make this a tab".
This has solved so many of our file sharing issues in Teams.
Thanks again, Adam.