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Automatically shorten urls for publicly shared items from OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online

Automatically shorten the urls for publicly shared items from SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, similar to what is available in OneDrive.

When the feature is complete the urls generated by Get a Link / Create Link should be shortened automatically (possibly using and a similar feature should be introduced in Sharepoint Online document libraries.

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  • Bruce Morris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The security concern argument that shortened links make the files easier to find is utter BS. I have files on OneDrive that I WANT the public to find. As of April 2019, bitly can't be used either - apparently there is some shared code between the two companies that prevents bitly from creating shortened links to OneDrive files.

    Why, why, why Microsoft? This makes OneDrive almost useless for providing lecture materials to participants, posting videos that go with those lecture materials and thus don't belong on YouTube, and similar use cases.

    If you don't want your materials easily found, then don't use a link shortener. But if you DO want your materials to be easily accessible, then OneDrive should allow that, in much the same way bitly works - allowing customized meaningfully named links in addition to random character links.

    What exactly is the purpose of a public cloud that can't be used … publicly?

    It's over 2 years later and NO PROGRESS. Fire the **** nerds and hire engineers who understand what people actually need.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please DON'T do this! Shortened links are a massive security issue.

    It is way harder to guess long links (which you always can shorten yourself) than short links.

  • Brad Pinkston commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any updates on this? It's been almost 2 years since it was mentioned you were starting to look at this.

  • Andrej Pirman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    there indeed is security concern due to the fact, that short URLs cen be brute-force guessed, and as noted by Softpedia, while exploring OneDrive short URLs for leakages, the researchers scanned 100 million six-character URLs. They were able to track down nearly 20,000 real URLs that led to OneDrive folders.
    This is security risk and I would stay behind Microsoft's decision to NOT shorten URLs beyond some reasonable length.

    However, MS could reconsider about shortening anyways, at least to have AN OPTION to use either full URL, like:
    or newer version
    and to SHORTEN it to become at least one bit more user friendly, for example:

    I guess this would be compromise still on safe-side and pretty easy to implement in OneDrive.

  • Teresa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    SharePoint Lists allow you to add a hyperlink column - really useful except it requires urls that are less than 255 characters - so I can't hyperlink to any of my own documents within the same site.

  • Damien commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    They don’t have to look great, just not too embarrassing to share professionally. This is far from a major undertaking; I’m not sure why it’s processed as such. There isn’t much to think about.

  • Dexter Anderson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why do I always get the impression Microsoft doesn't give a flying **** what their customers ask for! The simplest of things is a giant endeavor. I'm still waiting for the ability to make the tabs on Onenote alphabetical, its only been three years and still nothing.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Google can make a short redirection URL, Microsoft don't...
    Microsoft have to change their programmers.

  • Academic User commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Still not possible? On my university campus, the link name includes the word "student" even for faculty and administrators. It looks terrible.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The URL at the time of sharing is very long.
    When I paste it into an email and use it, the person cannot open successfully.
    Why is it not possible to use a paid version of the function available in the free version?

  • Sean Murthy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For Office 365 Business customers, consider creating a URL of the form "" where "" is business's domain; "1dr" is directory the domain admin configures; and "xyz" is a wort created for the linked item. Also allow customization where people can replace "xyz" with something more meaningful.

  • Raoul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    not really professional to have to share huge long URL just to share an excel file to download... I'd prefer not to have but a Microsoft alternative, but there is not...

  • Kasper Bergh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Seriously how can this not be done after 3 years (2 since it was acknowledged as a good idea)? This is not rocket science and OneDrive personal has it. It's SO unprofessional to send those links to customers when we need to share big files with them...

  • A Orner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    please shorten links- i'm trying to provide the url to customers and it's embarrassing how long it is.

  • Hal Clive commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I understand how shortened URLs might represent a security issue for links that grant access to information, but it would really help me with my daily work if there was an out-of-the-box option to create shortened links for "People with existing access".

    A global O365 option would be perfect, as lengthy and/or human unfriendly URLs can be generated by other tools such as Forms and Stream.

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