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Inconsistent sharing link in generated OneDrive

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Contributor

Hi folks,

 

I use the Copy Link option in OneDrive sharing all of the time but I am frustrated by the fact that when I paste the link in an email most of the time it shows the full link of the doc but other times I shows the file name (linked to the document).  I have been unable to figure out what I need to do for it to consistently paste in a file name based link.  

 

Is there some logic on how to get this to consistently work?  Some times I get the link like I want, other times I click will 'Copy' in the copied dialogue box and get it to work and most other times I never get the link I want.

 

Thanks, Bruce...

 

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4 Replies

If I had to take a guess, Office supported files when pasted will translate to a file icon, and other types of files probably show as a link?

best response confirmed by Bruce Weatherford (Contributor)
Solution

Hi @Bruce Weatherford,

 

I'll try and explain what is going on here. When you copy a link from an Office client (i.e. clicking "Share" in a version of Office that has the common sharing dialog), you will copy a link that has the nice hyperlink-type functionality (e.g. see the document name with the sharing link automatically hyperlinked in). This is the only place that this functionality is (currently) available from the sharing dialog.

 

There is also a feature in the Outlook Web App that will do something similar though. If you paste a sharing link into OWA, OWA will detect the sharing link and replace it with a Document name + hyperlink.

 

Hopefully that explains the behavior that you are seeing today. We've heard positive things about this type of experience so it's something we're hoping to bring to other endpoints in the future as well. Thanks!

 

Stephen Rice

OneDrive Program Manager II

Well I was kind of close lol... Thanks for the explanation Stephen!
Thank you very much for the explanation Stephen. I've been using the sharing features in the office client a lot more lately and like the convenience of it. I also definitely like the hyperlink-type functionality and hope it gets expanded to the other sharing experiences on the web and file explorer.