Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Sharing with SkyDrive, part of Up and Running with Windows 8.
If you utilize multiple computers or devices, or need to be able to access documents or photos from a remote location, then you'll want to take a look at SkyDrive. As a great solution for sharing important documents and photos. The first step is to actually share content via SkyDrive. Let's go ahead and share some photos with SkyDrive. I'll go ahead and launch the photos application, and then I'll navigate to a folder that contains some images that I would like to share. And then on the application options bar, which I can access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, or by right clicking on an empty area of the screen, I can click select all option. And then over on the charm bar I'll choose the share option, and I'll choose to share these photos with SkyDrive.
I'll select the pictures folder, and then I'll simply click the upload button, and these photos will all be uploaded to my SkyDrive account, so that they can be accessed on any of my computers or devices. Now that I've shared these photos I can access the SkyDrive application to view those photos. So, let's assume that I was on a different computer and I launched the SkyDrive application. You'll see all of the documents and photos that I've shared are available within my SkyDrive. I'll go ahead and click on the pictures folder, and you can see that I have all of those photos that I had shared, available for viewing here. And I can click on any photo to view it in a larger size of course. And naturally that same experience applies regardless of which computer or device I'm using to access my skydrive account.
So for example if I was using a tablet computer running Windows 8, then I could use the skydrive application there to browse these photos just as easily. And I can even use a desktop application for SkyDrive, so that I can very easily copy files to the SkyDrive account with File Explorer. Let's take a look at that option. That does require that I utilize another application. I'll go ahead and search for that application. I'll go ahead and type SkyDrive desktop and execute that search.
And it looks like this link will take me to the appropriate location. So I'll go ahead and click on that option, and then I'll scroll down, and what I want is the SkyDrive application for the desktop. And I'll go to the download link, and then I'll click the Run option so that I can run that application on my computer. I'll go ahead and confirm that decision. And this will install SkyDrive, so that I'm able to access SkyDrive from all of my desktop applications as well. You can see here that I get a little bit of information about SkyDrive and how it works.
And I'll be automatically signed in to my SkyDrive account. You can see that there is a specific folder for SkyDrive. But of course I'll be able to work a little bit more easily, as you'll see in just a moment. And I can also choose what I want to synchronize, and generally speaking I would say that you probably want to synchronize all of your files and folders for the SkyDrive. I'll go ahead and click Next. And then click Done in order to complete that process. At this point, if I bring up File Explorer, you'll notice that I have a SkyDrive option under Favorites.
I'll go ahead and navigate to my Documents folder, and then I'll drag a new document that is not on my SkyDrive, onto the SkyDrive option under Favorites. I'll also hold the Control key on the keyboard while I'm dragging and dropping so that the file will be copied, not moved, to my SkyDrive. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that when I drag an item onto the SkyDrive, it's not placed into a folder. So if I want to maintain a folder structure, I'll need to go back to the SkyDrive and make an adjustment. I could also add specific SkyDrive folders to my Favorites list if I wanted to.
But I'll go ahead and just click on the SkyDrive option. And then click and drag in order to move this document into the Documents folder and, of course, I could also create additional sub folders if I wanted to. At this point, I'll go ahead and close the SkyDrive window, and I'll return to the start screen and go to the SkyDrive application. And you'll notice I have two documents where before I had one document, and that new document that I just copied to my SkyDrive folder. And again, that document will be accessible from any computer or device where I can access my SkyDrive. So just by sharing your documents or photos with your SkyDrive, you're able to access those documents from just about anywhere.
- Changing your environment and customizing live tiles
- Using gestures
- Creating and using a picture password
- Using Windows applications
- Working with media
- Accessing and personalizing the desktop
- Working with the File Explorer
- Changing Windows settings
- Backing up your files