The OneDrive is the publicly known flagship for Microsoft’s cloud storage technology. One feature granted by said platform is the ability to access and utilize folders shared via the cloud, right from your PC’s file explorer- as though they were your typical folder.
- Open OneDrive online
- Access your shared files
- Open your target shared folder
- Select “Add shortcut to my files”
- Return to my files
- Check your desktop OneDrive folder
In this post we’ll be giving an image assisted step by step guide on access shared OneDrive folders on your PC as well as sharing folders to via OneDrive from your PC.
Accessing a shared OneDrive folder on your PC
Step 1 – Open up OneDrive Online
- We’ll need to have OneDrive open to access the content that has been shared with you. If you’re unable to access you’re OneDrive at this time, you will be unable to proceed.
Step 2 – Access your shared content via OneDrive
- From the left side panel, select Shared to proceed. It will open a window listing off (if any) each document that has been shared with you.
Step 3 – Open the folder you’d like to access on your PC
- To open a folder, simply click the folder’s name. Your current window will be altered to display the folder’s contents.
Step 4 – Add the folder to your personal OneDrive files
- From the folder’s action bar select Add shortcut to My files. This will attach a shortcut into the folder to your OneDrive file directory.
Step 5 – Check your PC OneDrive folder for the change
- Provided your computer is connected to the internet- you should be able to spot the shared folder in your PC OneDrive folder.
Sharing a OneDrive folder from your PC
Step 1 – Open your PC’s OneDrive folder
- Use the Win + E shortcut to quickly open the file explorer and navigate to your OneDrive folder via quick access.
Step 2 – Select Share in the folder’s context menu
- First select the folder you’d like to share by left clicking it, then follow up with a right click to open the context menu. Select Share from the menu- it will have OneDrive’s blue cloud icon prefixing its name.
Step 3 – Specify access recipient and send
- To specify a recipient, enter their name or email into the text box- press Send to share the folder.
In this post we’ve discussed both accessing shared OneDrive folders on PC, and sharing folders to OneDrive from your PC.
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