In SharePoint 2013, when you are looking at files/folders in a document library the page URL is pretty cause it uses RootFolder=... Is it possible to change this behavior to use the clean/pretty URLs?

From this: http://sp.company.com/sites/blah/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fsites%2Fblah%2Ffolder1%2Ffolder2&FolderCTID=0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000&View=%7123456789%212345%212345%212345%21234568936418%7D

To this: http://sp.company.com/sites/blah/Documents/folder1/folder2/

Is there some setting that will make all URLs for document libraries look like this?

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No, in SharePoint, folders are a theoretical construct. They're not really folders, so they don't really feature in the hierarchy of a URL.

Can't you use the friendly text of the link to show a, well, friendly text?

Don't shoot the messenger.

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    Thanks. I was hoping to make it easier when users/folks copy and paste URLs in to e-mails. Apr 17, 2018 at 14:21

If you are able to click on 'Library' tab, then 'Library Settings' you will notice a nice clean URL Labled "Web Address".

For example:

Web Address: https://xyz.sharepoint.com/sites/dept/IS/SuperTeam/Catchall/Forms/Catchall_DocLib_View.aspx

If I drill down a folder deeper from the top level where I have a butt-ton of documents stored, Righ-Click the elipses menu on a specific document and select 'Get a Link' use that address, it's neat-ish and tidy-ish... better than the 4 lines of gobbledy-gook.


Lastly, you can use a URL shortener like Bitly. Throw in the gangly URL and Bitly will REALLY shorten it up.

From this: https://xyz.sharepoint.com/sites/dept/IS/SuperTeam/Catchall/Forms/Catchall_DocLib_View.aspx

To This: https://bit_ly/2DMbYtm (I changed bit.ly to bit_ly because it would have violated URL rules in questions and responses here, this is not a real document anyways, but just wanted to demonstrate URL shorteners)

Hope this might help!

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