Disable "Add Shortcut to OneDrive" for a Document Library
"Add Shortcut to OneDrive" is a new feature in the last few months. When it was in Public Preview, there was a PowerShell command to disable that feature:
"Set-SPOTenant -DisableAddShortcutsToOneDrive $true"
This command was announced in MC217339 of the O365 Message center. Based on my interaction with support in Case 22963247, that PowerShell command is no longer available now that the feature is no longer in Public Preview.
I would like the ability to disable "Add Shortcut to OneDrive" again. My environment is about 50% Windows 10 LTSB (1607), and when users "Add Shortcut", it syncs the Document Library to their local computer, filling it up. Win 10 LTSB (1607) does not have the Files On Demand feature, so the users can't pick and choose what in the Doc Library syncs and what doesn't.
Absolutely need this to be disabled permanently. Our users are getting confused by having shortcuts in their own OneDrive
I can confirm what anoniem wrote on · 17 maart 2021 10:32 ·
>>The PowerShell command works for me today. After running the >>command, it takes about 10-15 minutes for SharePoint to >>reconfigure the options. I can't post a snapshot here, but the >>annoying button "Add Shortcut to OneDrive" is gone!
At first it didn't work but after i update the sharepoint powershell module the command worked.
Please allow this feature to be removed. It caused a major issue with one of our clients today and we are expecting more to come all because of this button.
Mikael Östergren commented
This is causing havoc among my customer, as it also remove already synced folders.
Anyone found a way to remove the button?
The PowerShell command works for me today. After running the command, it takes about 10-15 minutes for SharePoint to reconfigure the options. I can't post a snapshot here, but the annoying button "Add Shortcut to OneDrive" is gone!
Please provide an option to have this removed, ideally tenant wide as presented above.
Extremely confusing for users, they don't (nor do I) understand the purpose of this, it's a HUGE link and makes more helpful actions disappear into the nested menu, such as custom applications we've built or purchased.
Matt Treske commented
We absolutely, positively, 100% need to be able to remove this button to "Add Shortcut to OneDrive" in our environment. It is extremely confusing for users and goes completely against all the training we've done to install that SharePoint Document Libraries (shared libraries with many other coworkers) will fall under the Tenant sharepoint folder in their file browser. And OneDrive for Business (their own OneDrive files) will show up in their OneDrive folder.
Half of the shared libraries are going to show up as "Documents" in their OneDrive folder. Users are already attempting to delete entire document libraries based on this confusion.
I ran the PowerShell script to remove the button, but it hasn't done anything. We absolutely need to remove this "Feature".
Kev Houston commented
I agree the ability to remove is necessary for various use cases.
Stacey T commented
Please allow this to be disabled. It's confusing for our users.
This needs to have an option to disable it. My users sync lots of doc libraries from Sharepoint. If they add the onedrive shortcut for a folder within the doc library, the entire Doc Library stops syncing. Causing lots of confusion among users. Need to have easy way to disable this ability.
And another thing...
I was sent to this topic by Microsoft Support after I opened a support ticket because we were starting to experience problems when this showed up in our tenant. When you're having problems should the solution really be to send the people to UserVoice? Seriously? Don't get me wrong, I actually quite like UserVoice, but it's not like I had called suggesting that lavender be made the new default color for SharePoint. Frustrating.
Please let us remove this. The feature is causing nothing but grief.
Mike P. commented
I echo the sentiments of the users below. This feature should be allowed to be disabled.
Please let us remove that Feature.
Many Users just click it and have Sync Problems later caused by this.
Adam Motley commented
This needs fixing Microsoft, it's confusing for users and why you've implemented something that conflicts with existing functionality with no way to turn it off is ridiculous.
Please disable the "Add Shortcut to OneDrive" feature. It is causing the same sync issues in my environment as described by others in this post.
This has already cost me several hours of time helping people through sync issues caused by this.
This is a huge problem for us. We've had users with a shortcut to a shared library accidentally drag folders out to their personal OneDrive. We wind up with changes that sync to multiple computers and any attempt to clean it up just makes it worse. We've had to disconnect everyone, clean it up then reconnect.
Not only did Microsoft add this and enable it by default, but they draw attention to it with a tooltip-style message.
This was not a well thought out feature. Users who have already synced libraries and are now using shortcuts are causing themselves a ton of problems. Most users don't even know they have a onedrive sites and work locally. They think deleting the linked folder locally is the correct procedure and accidently deleting their SharePoint content. You need to let us disable this feature ASAP.
How did the powershell command not get included when this 'feature' was enabled?!? It's bad enough this 'feature' was added and enabled automatically by Microsoft without tenant administrators having any say in the matter. I mean isn't the idea supposed to be that a new feature or option becomes available and then administrators decided how/when/if they're going to implement it in their environment?
I really hope the powershell command gets added back soon...shouldn't that have been caught by some QA/QC testing?