Category Archives: OneDrive

OneDrive No Entry Sign

OneDrive No Entry Sign is one of the icon states of OneDrive / OneDrive for Business on Windows 10. (Reading time 3 min).

It looks like this OneDrive No Entry Sign

It means your OneDrive account is not active – for some reason. You can’t access the files unless you resolve the issue. Here are the possible reasons:

OneDrive No Entry Sign

Account expiry is probably the most common reason. Check your subscription status and renew it. Sometimes, you think the subscription is active but the associated credit card may have expired.

Some Promotions give you extra space. Promotion expiry also leads to a frozen OneDrive account. For example, Samsung mobile purchases have / had a 100 GB OneDrive space promotion. This is limited to a one-year period. After this period, your files using the extra space will be considered as exceeding the quota.

Other option is that you are using more than the quota. OneDrive allows you to exceed the allotted quota temporarily – but after 3 months, it will freeze the account.

The files will not be deleted. But you must act on it and streamline the account either by increasing the quota or deleting unwanted files. Otherwise, after some time the files will be deleted. Exact time for which files are kept is shown in the OneDrive account.

Therefore, OneDrive No Entry Sign should be noticed as soon as it appears and you must act on it quickly.

OneDrive No Entry – buy Office Home

If you are just using OneDrive personal and run out of space, the logical option is to buy more space. But there is a better option. Buy Office Home. It comes with OneDrive…

If you buy the entry level Office Home edition, it gives you 6 TB of space – at just 500 INR (9.99 USD) per month.

Yes – you read it correctly.  See for yourself – India site , US site.
This is as on Sept, 2019.

In addition to this, you get  full Office Pro Plus – for 6 PCs / Mac and Mobile devices. Unbelievable value for money.  When  you compare this to other pure storage vendors, there is simply no comparison. The OneDrive integration with devices (Windows, Mac, Mobile devices) and Office is absolutely top-class. Nothing comes close to it.

The only shortcoming I have seen is that on many occasions, the latest OneDrive client is not installed. Or worse still, the old and the new version coexists. In these cases, OneDrive does not work well. The solution is easy. Just use Windows 10 and make sure you have all patches updated.

Related : OneDrive Knowledge Pack (10 articles as of Sep 2019)

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Move to OneDrive option

Small but useful enhancement for OneDrive. When you have the latest version of OneDrive for Business installed (it updates automatically along with Windows Update), you should see a Move to OneDrive option on right clicking any file or folder in Windows Explorer.

Move to OneDrive option

Choose between all the locally configured OneDrive accounts.
Business as well as Personal.

Importance of Move to OneDrive option

Without this option, most users COPIED files and folder to OneDrive. This had two side effects…

  1. The original files stayed on the local drive as a separate copy. This means the same file is occupying space twice.
  2. Often users got confused about which file they are editing / opening – the local copy or the OneDrive based file. This leads to lost changes and further confusion.

Best Practice: Move to OneDrive

The best practice is to MOVE rather than COPY local files to OneDrive. But even if you mention that as a best practice, moving itself is a cumbersome task. Even though everyone understands the difference between Copy Paste vs. Cut Paste, people feel more safe to do a Copy Paste first.

Why? Because they are worried about what happens if the Cut Paste (Move) fails. The reality is, even if a bulk Move fails, only the file which was being moved will get affected. Other files will be either in the source or destination. So there is no real danger of losing all the files in case of a failed Move operation.

Nevertheless, having a direct option for Move to OneDrive is more authoritative and reassuring.

Make sure you include this option in your training material and best practices documents.

Bonus : New OneDrive logo

Hope you have noticed the new OneDrive logo… here it is.

This one is modern and is implemented as an SVG file rather than a raster icon. It uses a more vibrant colour scheme. All Office logos have changed to make it visually consistent.

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Change filename while the file is open

Hope you have noticed this handy feature. If your Office files are stored on OneDrive, Teams or SharePoint, you can change the file name WHILE you are editing the file.

It is so simple, but extremely useful. From the title bar, open the dropdown next to the file name. The filename textbox is editable. Change the name and press ENTER. That’s it.

Change file name dialog

What else can you do here?

  1. See Version History
  2. Open the file on web location (OneDrive, SharePoint or Teams)
  3. Share a file (this can be done more easily using the Share button in the ribbon)

Rename not possible with older file formats

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This is an XLS file. It opens in Compatibility Mode. Live Rename is not possible.

Difference between save to This PC and Browse

While saving files we see these two options: This PC and Browse. What is the difference?

If it is a local file, Save or Save As – there is no difference. It opens the standard file save dialog showing local PC files.

If this is a OneDrive, SharePoint or Teams file, there is a difference. For saving these files for the first time, we choose OneDrive or Sites (Teams). Therefore, the Browse and This PC does not come into picture.

However, when you are saving a copy of such files, there is a difference. Note that for online files, there is NO Save As option, it is a Save a Copy option.

If you choose This PC, it will still show the standard File Save dialog showing the default folder (typically Documents).

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But if you choose Browse, it browses the current file save location – which is OneDrive or Teams or SharePoint.

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Creating complex presentations together

We need complex presentations quite often, e.g. Periodic reviews, new projects, planning, and so on. Such complex presentations usually need inputs from multiple persons. Each one sends a small piece of presentation to some central coordinator – not just once, but repeatedly. The central person struggles with copy pasting stuff, fights with formatting and layout conflicts and has a miserable life in general!

complex presentations - editing together

The solution is simple. Store the base presentation on OneDrive, SharePoint or Teams. Share it with all the contributors and let them edit it. Try it out now!

Editing complex presentations together: Benefits

  1. Multiple persons can work on the presentation simultaneously, without confusing each other.
  2. Enormous time saving
  3. There are no copies (CCs) to deal with. The presentation is always a single file.
  4. Past versions are stored automatically so that you can refer to an earlier edit.
  5. You can see if others are editing simultaneously. You can go and look at the slide they are working on.
  6. If required, you can clarify doubts or suggest changes to each other using chat (Skype FB )
  7. If there is a conflict, the owner can resolve it. Conflict occurs when two users change the same item in two different ways.

It is simple, useful and revolutionary. Practice this with your colleagues couple of times and then you will have the confidence and the motivation to use it in real life.

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OneDrive Sync Solution

Everyone who knows about OneDrive wants to use it. But the Sync feature has lot of issues. What is the OneDrive Sync Solution? I agree that you really don’t care. It should update automatically. Unfortunately it is not that simple. You have to put extra effort into it. And trust me, it is worth the effort. Here is how you find out if you have the latest version of OneDrive sync tool on your laptop and how to upgrade it, if required.

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OneDrive is the new My Documents

Here is a quick introduction OneDrive for Business. In this 5-minute video, you will learn:

  • What’s wrong with My Documents.
  • Why store documents on OneDrive 
  • How does OneDrive work without Internet Connection
  • Benefits of storing files on OneDrive 
  • Sharing on OneDrive 
  • Sharing from Office 
  • Outlook tip: Send links instead of email attachments 
  • Edit on a browser 
  • Edit together on same document 
  • Versioning on OneDrive 
  • OneDrive file type supports 
  • How to use Onedrive for the first time 

Interested in more details? Read these articles.

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 5 – “We have not deployed OneDrive yet!”

One of the most important components of Office 365 is OneDrive. Unfortunately, most customers do not understand and promote all the benefits of OneDrive to all the end users. Due to this, the product is underutilized as well as misused. In this article, I discuss this problem in detail and provide a simple and practical approach.

OneDrive for Business

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