SharePoint Online: How to Get Direct Link to a Document In Modern Libraries?

Requirement: Get the direct link to a document in SharePoint Online.

Unlike SharePoint Online’s classic experience, modern document libraries don’t provide a direct link to documents. However, here are the tricks to get a direct link to the file:

Method 1: Using Copy Link

  • Navigate to your SharePoint Online document library, select the file and click on “Copy Link” from the toolbar.
  • In the link settings popup, Select “People with existing access” and click on Apply.
    sharepoint online get direct link to document
  • That gets you the link something like:
  • Remove everything from ?d= and remove /:w:/r (sometimes :/x) and the direct link will be:

However, this method breaks the permission inheritance of the file!

If you have Version history enabled, you can copy the direct link from the latest version of a file. 

sharepoint online direct download link

Method 3: Get Direct URL of a Document in SharePoint Online from Document Information Panel

Here is another way to get the direct URL of any file in SharePoint Online. Just select the file >> Open the document information panel by clicking on the “i” icon and click on the little copy icon under “Path”! This gets you the direct URL of the document to your clipboard!

get direct link to documents in sharepoint online

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!

4 thoughts on “SharePoint Online: How to Get Direct Link to a Document In Modern Libraries?

  • October 12, 2021 at 7:32 PM

    Both methods don’t seem to work anymore 🙁
    At least not for image files.

    Would be glad to hear about any new way anyone is aware of!

    • October 13, 2021 at 3:09 PM

      Hi David, Confirmed all the above methods just works fine. Let me know what’s the difficulty you are facing.

  • February 13, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    One enormous difference between the two methods described above: in my testing, “Copy link” causes SharePoint to break inheritance for the document’s permissions, which violates Microsoft’s own recommended best practice and potentially creates long-term permissions havoc. Copying the link from Version history, on the other hand, produces a very clean, human-readable link without modifying the document’s permissions.


Leave a Reply