Create Shortcut in SharePoint Document Library

The requirement is to create a Shortcut link inside the SharePoint document library. OK, tried uploading the URL shortcut (.url) file, and got the error message saying “The following file(s) have been blocked by the administrator: URL Shortcut.url”.

Solution: Add “Link to a Document” content type to the document library. Here is how to create shortcut in SharePoint document library:

How to create a Shortcut in the SharePoint Document Library?

1. Go to Library Settings >> Advanced Settings.
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2. Enable the “Allow management of content types” option and click OK
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3. On the Library settings page, click on Content Types and click the “Add from Existing Site content types” link.
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4. Choose “Link to a Document and click on the “Add >” button, then OK.
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5. Now create a new entry based on “Link to a Document”, Enter the description & URL

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You are done!

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Drawback: The above method will not work when you move from HTTPS to HTTP and vice-versa.

Workaround: Create a simple HTML page with META REFRESH Tag and upload the html file to the document library.

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=">

Or you can create an HTML file with little JavaScript which send you to the target URL.

function loadFile()
<body onload="loadFile()">

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

3 thoughts on “Create Shortcut in SharePoint Document Library

  • May 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    This was very helpful. My sharepoint site has custom columns that is used on the page that we are adding these links too. Is there a way to ensure that the columns are also filled in or are the options of entering the document name and URL the only options?

  • January 18, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Can you create the shortcut via workflow?

  • August 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Thank you very much for posting this – it was very helpful!


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