I want to be able to have file shortcuts. They are just pointers to a file that can be placed in other folders throughout the file system. This makes it seem like there are copies of the file in multiple folders and all of the copies get updated whenever one gets updated because its actually one file with a bunch of references pointing to it.
We understand the convenience that implementing this feature would bring, but recommend using the existing Bookmarks feature as a more efficient and simplified means for achieving the desired behavior.
A bookmark and an alias to a file (similar to Windows are different things. A bookmark seems to just be a URL shortcut. This is much more than a convenience feature - it is (in my view) an important tool for effective file governance. Master folders managing files that can be referenced elsewhere, but governed centrally. File aliases could be affected by classifications, etc. applied to the master file - which could potentially affect all aliases, rather than leaving orphaned bookmarks if a file is deleted or archived etc...
Our systems use BOX API to pull files from specific folders for security reasons.
I very much agree that this would be a very useful function and could be very helpful in many different scenarios. Thank you for suggesting this.
Rob MacIndoe commented
The bookmarks function is too basic. For links to files/folders that are already in box, should be able to have the same experience with a link as as for other box files/folders that I can see/edit/etc (see the thumbnail, context menu etc.). Effectively, to interact with the target item as if I had navigated to it and clicked or viewed it there.
Matt Stofka commented
You can already accomplish this in Box using Bookmarks. Just copy the Shared Link URL for the item you want to bookmark, then click New > Bookmark in the folder you want the shortcut to be. Past the shared link URL give the bookmark a name and you're done.
If you want that bookmark to be in a bunch of folders, just copy it and paste the bookmark into the other folders.