Microsoft SkyDrive: Your ultimate starter's guide

By Marco Chiappetta and Alex Wawro, PC World |  Storage, cloud storage, microsoft skydrive

Besides allowing you to access your SkyDrive folders, however, the SkyDrive mobile app also adds some neat sharing features based on the capabilities of your mobile device. For example, you can snap a photo or record a video from within the SkyDrive app and store it directly to your SkyDrive folder or send it to a shared SkyDrive folder so that your friends and family can see it no matter what device they're using.

If they don't have a device that has a Skydrive app, they can use a browser to view their SkyDrive storage. Accessing your SkyDrive folders from a Web browser doesn't require any local files to be installed, which saves you the hassle of setting up the app on a PC over which you don't have full control. Provided you're using a modern browser, navigate to http://skydrive.live.com/, sign in, and your SkyDrive folders will be accessible right from the browser window. Keep in mind that you're not only able to download files from your SkyDrive, but to upload files to it as well. Dragging a file (or files) from a PC into one of the SkyDrive folders in the browser window will automatically upload that file so it will be accessible from your other devices--a great way to quickly save photos and documents from a friend's or coworker's PC so you can look them over later at your leisure.

SkyDrive tips and tricks

Once you start using SkyDrive regularly across multiple devices, you'll quickly find a lot of neat things you can do with a remote storage service that ties directly into your operating system, your office software, and your mobile devices. Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for using SkyDrive to optimize your workflow; share your personal tips and tricks with our readers in the comments field below.

Sync any folder to your SkyDrive: Setting up folders on your PC that automatically sync with your SkyDrive account is pretty simple thanks to the stand-alone SkyDrive desktop app, but you do have to manually move all the files you want to keep in sync with your account into the SkyDrive folder on your PC. That's kind of a pain if you have all your photos or movies in a separate folder that is already syncing to other services (such as Carbonite's automated backup service, for example) and you don't want to break those links by moving your files into SkyDrive.

Thankfully, programmer Jan Hannemann has released a custom shell extension that you can install (at your own risk) to add a sync option to the context menu that pops up whenever you right-click in Windows. To get it, head over to his public SkyDrive folder and download either the 32-bit version or 64-bit version of SkyShellEx (according to whichever version of Windows you're using). Run the script, and you should see an option to "Sync to SkyDrive" whenever you right-click a folder in Windows Explorer.


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