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.
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…
- The original files stayed on the local drive as a separate copy. This means the same file is occupying space twice.
- 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.
(Reading time 3 min ) This article provides concise instructions on where to store files when you have Office 365 E3 or above in your organization. There are multiple places and apps within Office 365 where files can be stored. But there is no clarity about which file goes where. Here is a simple guide for everyone.
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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!
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
- Multiple persons can work on the presentation simultaneously, without confusing each other.
- Enormous time saving
- There are no copies (CCs) to deal with. The presentation is always a single file.
- Past versions are stored automatically so that you can refer to an earlier edit.
- You can see if others are editing simultaneously. You can go and look at the slide they are working on.
- If required, you can clarify doubts or suggest changes to each other using chat (Skype FB )
- 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.
Here is a fast paced, 8 minute video which will revolutionize Pivot Report Sharing. Using OneDrive or SharePoint, control the visibility and provide full interactivity. Reports render instantly even with large files and low bandwidth.
Pivot Report Sharing articles
New, Improved way of delivering Excel reports: Part 1
New, Improved way of delivering Excel reports: Part 2
New, Improved way of publishing Excel reports: Part 3
Attachments is the most popular and misused Outlook feature. If you are DELIVERING a file – use attachments. If you are Sharing a file – it is best to share the file. Sending CCs is the most important reason why “Teamwork” is inefficient. Here is a practical guide about how you should use Outlook Attachments with Office 365.
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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 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.
This article is a companion to the earlier article about OneDrive (personal storage).
This article explains how sharing links are created in OneDrive for Business.
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Here is how you can create short links for download after storing content on OneDrive.
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ODB allows you to keep your documents securely on internet.
You share the document only if required.
Alerts inform you when someone else changes a shared document.
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Continue reading OneDrive for Business – how to know what others are doing to your documents?
ODB is like My Documents on the internet. You store your files there and share it with people. But how will you know as to who can edit what?
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