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Open shared links directly in its native app

Open shared links directly in its native app

Jack O.3
New member | Level 2

I would like to be able to use a shared link to directly open the file (or folder if its a folder link) in the native app (or file browser).   For example, we use Windows 10 and O365.  Someone creates a Word file in a Dropbox for Business Team Folder.  Selects the Dropbox link for that file and emails it to me.  I want to be able to click on that link and have Word start and load that file directly.  It is maddening as it works now which requires the web browser to openm then I have to select the dropdown option to open in Word.  Just let me choose the default behavior I prefer.  This can work even if the file has not yet synced...the act of clicking the link should for DB to prioritize syncing that file ahead of all other tasks it is doing so the file can be opened in Word.  This cannot be so difficult to implement.

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HGSRWF
Explorer | Level 4

Great idea. We manually change location of root folder on every one of our team members for that reason so that it resides in C:\Dropbox and therefore has exactly the same file path for all folders and files inside there. Can then just share links to C:\Dropbox\Folder 1\File 3.doc for example. Works well, but is a step we have to do manually when setting up Dropbox. And also means it will only work for one user account per PC.

Walter
Dropboxer
 
Status changed to: Needs more votes
virtualdavid
New member | Level 2

The current dropbox behavior is infuriating. My company is now evaluating switching to other cloud services because of it.  We are all on MS Office, and want to use that.  The last thing we need is (yet another) limited feature and unfamiliar cloud-based app for something we have already standardized on.

In my view, opening a document in the native app should be the default behavior.  It is a must-have feature.

 

 

David

Jack O.3
New member | Level 2

Thank you!  This has been an OBVIOUS feature that baffles me why DB has ignored adding this.  If I had access to their code base I could get it done in a weekend.

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