Unable to upload the same file to two different Teams Chats - duplicate file error.

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Occasional Contributor

Good morning/afternoon/evening all

 

Currently if a try to save the same file to two different Teams Chats on the same Tenant I get the message that the file name already exists when I trying to upload the same to the second chat.

This is because the files are all ultimately copied to my work based One Drive area and are all put into the same folder with no segregation on the basis of individual chats  hence the duplicate file error message.

 

Is this a tenant configuration issue or is this a current limitation of the app?

 

Regards all

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basically, the files end up in the same location from all chat conversations, as you said! This is by design so far and can't be changed

I don't see this as a limitation and indeed it has to work in this way so you don't end having the same file a lot of times in your ODFB. In the end, what you are doing in the chats is basically to share that file with different people
So your best work around here is when you share files in chat, do not use attach a file. Always pick OneDrive since it will use the file in place in your onedrive instead of duplicating. This way you share a single source of truth file at all times with everyone in your chat. However, if you are trying to have separate files for different purposes you'll want to have a naming convention supporting that by duplicating the file, then using OneDrive from the attach icon pointing to those documents.

@Gary Murphy 

This is such a weird thing to stumble upon. Haven't Microsoft seen other chat platforms? It's not like we need to reinvent the wheel here.

 

When I sent someone a file in my private chat with them, I never did anything to cause the file to be saved in some random directory somewhere! So the last thing I expected to experience was a duplicate filename error!

 

I'm trying to send a screenshot here, not save it to a **bleep** folder, LOL!!!

 

And no, I am not looking for workarounds. Why do I have to jump hoops in order to do something as basic as this?

 

So uncalled for!