5 Tips to Improve your SkyDrive Experience

SkyDrive is one of the most popular cloud services that allows storing and sharing of files/folders online. The service gives you more free storage so that you can manage more documents. Users of recent version of SkyDrive must have realized that the new SkyDrive boasts a lot of improvements and new features that intend to improve your SkyDrive experience more. Here are some tips to use such features.

SkyDrive Tips

Create Online Excel Survey

The latest feature allows you to create online surveys and analyze results using free Excel web app or Excel on your desktop. For gaining access to this feature, all you need to do is select the ‘Excel Survey’ option from the ‘Create’ menu and start creating a survey. This features is being gradually rolled out in various markets.

Once done, you can share it if necessary.

Recycle Bin in SkyDrive

Earlier, when you deleted a file/folder accidentally there was no easy way to recover it. This has changed with the introduction of new feature – The Recycle Bin.

If you delete a file by mistake, you can undo your action. Doing so takes you to File and Folder selection section where you can browse, find and restore the desired material.

Previous Versions on SkyDrive

If you aren’t aware, let me remind you that SkyDrive automatically keeps version history of your document (up to 25 changes) files so that you can restore any of the desired previous versions.

This, personally I feel is one of the most powerful feature available in SkyDrive.

Sharing files in SkyDrive

Like most file sharing services SkyDrive allows you to generate a link so that other person  can download the file that you would like to share with him. However, in addition to this, SkyDrive lets you grant permissions to some users to comment on your files. Their Microsoft profile picture gets displayed alongside the comments when they do so.

To enable this feature, log into your SkyDrive account, click on the profile name and then on ‘Edit profile’ link.

Next, click on ‘Shared with’ link. Some Messenger friends is the option provided by default.

Click on the option and you will be able to set the preferences for the people who can comment on your files.

Instant Search on SkyDrive

Another powerful feature that helps you search for anything using a common search box on SkyDrive.

The Instant Search also enable you to search the contents of your files on SkyDrive.

Do let us know if you have any more tips to share.

You might want to also check out these interesting posts on SkyDrive:

  1. How to Create and Share an Office Document Directly via SkyDrive
  2. Add SkyDrive shortcut to the ‘Send to’ menu in Windows
  3. How to Access SkyDrive from Gmail.
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