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    Alex Novotny

    Hey Assaf, 

    Can you provide more information on what your end goal is? 

    You can make shared links for files or folders via the API as described in the reference section links, but I'm not sure that actually solves the problem you are working on. 


    Alex, Box Developer Advocate

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  • Assaf Mashiah


    We need to create a repository of file related to objects A, Objects B and C

    For example:

    - Root directory:

    -- Objects A

    ---- A1

    ---- A2

    ---- A3 

    -- Objects B

    ---- B1

    ---- B2

    ---- B3

    -- Objects C

    ---- C1

    ---- C2

    ---- C3 


    But I would like to create a link to a new folder containing one of each:

    - Root

    -- Collection 1

    ---- A1, B1, C1

    -- Collection 2

    ---- A2, B2, C2

    -- Collection 3

    ---- A3, B2, C3

    -- Collection 4

    ---- A1, B2, C3


    The idea is to:

    1. Save space
    2. Create "short-cuts" to the individual files
    3. Create permission over the folders for the collections

    I hope this is clear

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  • Alex Novotny

    I think what you are trying to do makes more sense now. You are basically wanting to create a reorganized view of the data that exists in another folder structure. 

    There are a few things to consider. Will this be a "one and done" problem, or will you have to update the sister folder structure that has links as new data is added or updated to the other? I think this type of idea could get very tricky and complicated to support. I'm not sure what the use case is, but I would try to think of other ways to solve for it besides creating a sister folder structure of web links/bookmarks. 

    My recommendation would be to organize content in Box in a way that makes sense for users to utilize the content, while providing appropriate access via collaborations rather than shared links/web links(which aren't as secure). Depending on the access level set, shared links could work work for anyone with the link. 


    Alex, Box Developer Advocate 

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  • Alyssa A Nelson

    Hi. I also need a 'shortcuts' feature. What's described in the initial suggestion/request already exists in other apps like Google Drive. We use it all the time-- many many use cases.

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  • Alex Novotny

    You might try adding this suggestion to Pulse. Leadership uses that to drive the roadmap. 

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  • Nisanthan Sivarajah

    OneDrive and Google Drive can handle windows ".lnk" links. Why Box not? Please add this to Box, this would be a game changer.

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