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SkyDrive is Microsoft's online cloud file storage service. If you are currently a SkyDrive user, you can access your files that are on SkyDrive right from Outlook. Now programs like Word and PowerPoint will let you save files directly without having to download an app. But to use it with Outlook, you need to use it in what's called Desktop mode. So you first need to go to apps.live.com and download the SkyDrive app. Now I have already done that so I will show you what we can do with it.
I have got an email up that currently has an attachment in it. The first thing I want to do is save the attachment to my SkyDrive. Now we will talk a little bit later about how to actually work with emails and attachments, but this is just to show you what SkyDrive can do. So I am going to click on this attachment, right-click and choose Save As. Now this should look familiar to you, but on the left-hand side, we now have a SkyDrive link. I can double-click on any folder in my SkyDrive and click Save.
And now that attachment has been saved to my SkyDrive account, so any computer where I can log in to SkyDrive, I can now access that file. I can also come over here and click on New Email. If I want to insert an attachment from SkyDrive, it works kind of the same way. I can click on Attach File and in the same dialog box that comes up, I can find SkyDrive on the left-hand side. I can come in to my folder structure, choose the file I want and click Insert.
It is pulling this file right from SkyDrive. Now there is one last thing I want to show you. I am going to close out of this email. I can actually connect up to my Office account with SkyDrive and insert pictures directly into my emails. I am going to click on File and come down to Office Account. From here, I can Sign in to Office. If you already have a SkyDrive account, that means you have an Office Account and you can use your SkyDrive account to Sign in.
So I am going to click Microsoft Account and sign in with the same sign in that I used to sign in to SkyDrive. Click Sign in and I've just signed in to my Office Account. And you can see that I have already connected up to SkyDrive. Now let's suppose that you had already signed in to Office using Outlook and later signed up to a SkyDrive Account. It would not show up here, but that is okay. You can just come down to Add a service, choose Storage, and Sign in to SkyDrive right from here.
I am going to hit the Back button and show you what we have done. So now I can create a New Email, I can come to the Insert tab and choose an Online Picture. Now I can actually choose from my SkyDrive Account. I can click on it and it is going to browse directly to the Pictures folder. I can choose anything in my Pictures folder, choose Insert and it has pulled it directly from my online SkyDrive Account. If at any time I want to remove SkyDrive and stop using it in Outlook, I can just go back, I am going to close out of this email first, I can go back to File, click on Office Account, and choose Sign out.
It is going to remind me that once I sign out, I cannot actually get in to any of these services anymore from Outlook and that is okay, I am going to choose Yes. I hit the Back button and now I am no longer connected to SkyDrive. So that's how you work with SkyDrive in Outlook.
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