I wonder if there is a simple solution for the requirement to have a link to the location of the file in a custom view of a document library?

I have a view that shows all files of a library without folders and sorts the newest on top. Often there is the need to jump to the location of a file. This is only possible by opening the file properties and using the breadcrump in this properties view. On site search level the results typically have a link in the flyout menu that sais "View Library". I don´t understand why this is not a standard(?).

I read something about "FileDirRef" but cannot seem to find information on how to use this.


I don't know if there are better ways to do this, but there are definitely other ways to do this.

Here's a possible approach, using CSR + jslink (basically adding FileDirRef and transforming it into a hyperlink):

1) add the FileDirRef field to the view

        string viewFieldToAdd = "FileDirRef";
        List list = context.Web.Lists.GetByTitle(listTitle);
        View view = list.DefaultView;
        if(!view.ViewFields.Any(x => x == viewFieldToAdd))
            Console.WriteLine("Adding viewfield: " + viewFieldToAdd);

2) open the list view e.g. http://.../Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx

3) enter edit mode by adding ?ToolPaneView=2 to the url,

e.g. http://.../Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?ToolPaneView=2

4) go into webpart edit mode and paste the jslink url, ensuring the destination js file exists, e.g. ~sitecollection/Style Library/csr/FolderLink.js

5) write the csr script (FolderLink.js)

  Templates: {
        Fields: {
           'FileDirRef': {'View':function(ctx) {
                  if(ctx.CurrentItem.FileDirRef != null)
                      var url = ctx.CurrentItem.FileDirRef;
                      return String.format('<a href="{0}">{1}</a>', url, url);
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  • Question to 1): Where to put the mentioned code? In a script editor on that same page? – Worn Jan 30 '19 at 9:39
  • so the idea is to add a view field that normally isn't available in the UI. it's a one-time execution that you need to run either server side or client side (jsom, csom, etc.). in the example I'm running a console application with csom. you can try js instead. example: sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/240786/… – Tiago Duarte Jan 30 '19 at 10:07

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