Nov 29 2018 07:58 AM
Nov 29 2018 07:58 AM
Our company has been using Teams for some time now and we are gradually trying to move our clients towards it. We have however, had some issues with the default "file tab". With clients whom have existing SharePoint Sites with elaborate permissions created, we find the "file tab" to be confusing. Is there anyway to remove that? What has been some of your workarounds or ways to succesfully use the "Files Tab"? Thanks for all your feedback!
Nov 29 2018 08:12 AM
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Dec 07 2018 11:27 AM
I agree with this as well. Microsoft please add option to disable certain tabs (e.g. files) from a channel.
Dec 07 2018 11:41 AM
Feb 01 2019 08:58 AM
Sep 19 2019 12:25 AM - edited Sep 19 2019 12:30 AM
What I have done to guide users on all the team groups, is to place a txt file in the General Folder with a file name: "Please use the Document Library Tab above.txt".
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Nov 07 2019 12:09 PM
I simply went into the Sharepoint behind the "Files" tab, noticed it was based on the "General" folder. Went up one file directory and deleted the "General" folder. Now users simply get an error message. Intuitively they will be angry seeing an error message, but they will also defer to the "Document Library" out of frustration.
As far as I'm concerned, the frustration is not on me. It's on Microsoft.
Dec 10 2020 11:28 AM
Unless MS Teams allows using existing Sharepoint Sites for a new Team, I see no advantage to create a new Site and force members to use it - this creates duplication of file repositories.
I want a way to either:
- Hide Files from tab
- Create a Team out of an existing Sharepoint site OR
- Link Team to existing SP site
Dec 10 2020 11:45 AM
@Chris Webb I hope all has been well! Funny that I am still recieving updates on this post 2 years later. With that being said, it is still relevant. I still find myself wondering if there could ever be a setting implemented that allows the removal of the "Files" option. I still see this as an obstacle for some customers when it comes to adoption of the platform. For people used to using Windows Explorer or even the SharePoint Portal, the files tab opens the door to confusion. Although I believe it is a wonderful feature and integrates the solution, the creation of the files tab along with the "new SharePoint site" every time a new Team is created can cause pandemonium with clients. What has your experience been since we last spoke? All the best!
Jan 19 2021 01:57 PM
@AnthonyJoseph What I seem to have settled on is the fact you can add cloud storage (the sharepoint document library) into files so it appears as the only folder but linked. Then I create a text in root saying all files must be stored in the folder. still not ideal.
Feb 05 2021 01:11 PM
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.
Mar 03 2021 08:24 AM
I tried your method. Deleting channel folders from within SharePoint is a very temporary solution. After I did that for a channel, when I went to the Files tab, I get this error.
Since there is a Retry button there, of course I clicked it. When I do that, it recreates the top-level folder for the channel both in Teams and SharePoint, such that when I go back to the Files tab, it looks normal again. It's not restoring the deleted folder, though. I put a file into the folder, deleted the folder. When the folder was created anew, the file was not in it. So, if this worked in 2019 when you posted this, I guess Microsoft "fixed" it.