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Allow owa file attachment direct from your sharepoint sites

Currently when using OWA (365 online outlook) if you click the attach button to add a file to an email your composing, you can only add files from your local PC, Group files or your OneDrive folder, there is no option to attach a file directly from a team site library. (Bizarre when you consider the data is in the same place as your OneDrive files?)
We as a business store many of our files for use in a range of different libraries and currently have to attach them through the 'Computer' link and searching through an open file explorer to our sync'd libraries.
This is not normally a problem until you encounter sync issues (which I hasten to add have become more prevalent of late) at which point you can no longer add a file without first having to download a copy to your PC first and then attaching it to your email - a considerable pain in the posterior!

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We've just finished moving to SharePoint online and I can’t believe this is even a thing that you can’t attach docs or links direct from SharePoint to OWA. it shouldn't even be a question that needs asking. I’ve been researching this in the last few days because I assumed it was a setting I was missing, but it seems to have been ongoing for a few years. I had a dialogue with MS support today 25-1-19 about this and it was suggested I use Modern Team Sites not Classic SharePoint Sites for our business, but on testing this (attaching docs in OWA) you can still only access the default Doc Library on the Primary Site and no other DLs or Subsite DLs of that site. So still useless. The concept of a company using a Team Site as a project dumping ground where all docs go in the one default Document Library and that this will satisfy typical business functionality is blue sky rubbish at it best. Things need organising; maybe in a tech company with 10000+ employees where development projects involving lots of people need a cloud location to silo that project and the whole lot can be archived if it goes nowhere, it’s a useful tool. But not for the users on the ground with 10-50 people. We need to file and organise business documents securely and safely and when we need to send them it needs to be as few clicks as possible. Microsoft you really need to sort this very basic requirement and functionality out as a priority please.

      • Thijs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yeah, this is the biggest problem in our company to. Still not implemented... Is there a timeframe in which this is going to be solved?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, please make it so I can click on a file name in our sharepoint directory to attach it to an email. A lot of older users do not like "shared" documents and want to have an attachment. Having to download the file leads to confusion as to what is the most recent version if changes have taken place recently and the file has been downloaded in the past.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like the same for outlook too (not OWA).

        The best is to have a option on document library to attach the file directly on the email.

        Thanks Microsoft !

      • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolutely critical feature (and so basic?)confounds me that it is missing.

        We bought in Harmon.ie to make up for this shortfall, would have preferred it was out of the box!

      • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I really hope this gets addressed, absolutely key feature to allow user to work from home/other PCs or those with Office Online only.

      • Paul Alvarez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with this one, 100%

        We are in the process of migrating 20 years worth of files, including multi-thousands of files for 4000+ clients. Each client has it's own site. Downloading a local copy then attaching it is completely counterintuitive. My users need to quickly reply to an email and quickly attach one or more files from one of the above 4000+ sites.

        I would like to see any sites that are shared with me, appear as a location when prompted to choose: 1) your local PC, 2) Group files or 3) your OneDrive folder

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