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Fixing Microsoft Teams' Download Location with Fences

Article posted on 10/22/2021

A few years back, Microsoft introduced Teams, a communication tool that is used by hundreds of millions of users around the planet. As the platform has matured, the company has turned the product into a collaboration hub and it is now the backbone of Office 365.

While there are a few things I do not like about the app including the fact that the calendar does not fully sync with Outlook, the biggest frustration is related to downloads.

For reasons I cannot understand, Microsoft does not let you change the download location for files inside of Teams. Every download will go into your Download folder and if you don’t like it, you are out of luck.

Now, this might not sound like a big deal to you but for my workflow - where I download everything to my desktop and then sort it accordingly - this is a problem. Thankfully, there is a work-around using Fences and it has forever changed how I operate.

What I have done is re-routed all my downloads back into the Downloads folder and using Fences (currently using our new Fences 4 Alpha), I created a folder portal on my desktop where everything I download now appears – neat and organized.

Rather than having a list of files under the Recycle bin, I now have an organized area of my desktop that pulls in all the relevant content without any frustration. This is a simple feature and one that not everyone needs, but for those looking for a solution to Teams telling you how to operate instead of you dictating your own workflow, Fences has a viable workaround.

Of course, I would expect Microsoft to eventually let us choose the default download location for Teams, but the Teams app was released in 2017 and we still don't have the functionality. Fences is designed to help you keep your desktop organized with portals, auto filtering with rules, and a lot more, especially with the upcoming Fences 4 release.