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How To Add Your Windows Live SkyDrive To Explorer

The Windows Live SkyDrive service is nice for storage and for sharing documents, but it can be annoying to always have a browser open to access it. Today we take a look at a free utility that lets you access your SkyDrive from Windows Explorer.

SkyDrive Explorer

After installing SkyDrive Explorer…go into My Computer and you’ll see the drive listed.

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To access the drive you’ll need to sign into your Windows Live account.

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Now you should see all of the folders and files you have created and stored in your SkyDrive.

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You aren’t able to open files directly from SkyDrive Explorer, but you can copy, delete, and rename them. Before deleting an item, you’ll get a confirmation dialog box making sure you want to permanently delete it from the SkyDrive.

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Creating a new folder in your SkyDrive.

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Another handy feature is being able to copy the URL to a shared document on your SkyDrive so you can easily point other users to it.

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It allows you to simply drag and drop documents from your computer into the SkyDrive…

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And you can drag files from your SkyDrive to your desktop.

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From the toolbar you can sign out of your SkyDrive.

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It’s available in several different languages.

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Conclusion

SkyDrive Explorer lets you easily access your SkyDrive as you would any other drive connected to your PC. Unfortunately Microsoft still  limits an individual file size of 50MB per upload. If you’re looking for something to store large media files, SkyDrive isn’t the best choice. For smaller files and documents, SkyDrive Explorer works great for storage, access, and collaborations. It will work on XP, Vista, 2003, 2008, and Windows 7. If you use your Windows Live SkyDrive to store and share documents, this handy Windows Explorer extension will make the process much easier.

Download SkyDrive Explorer

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  • Published 12/23/09

Comments (6)

  1. Louis

    Tested it. It’s much slower compare to Gladinet in terms of accessing, uploading/downloading and refreshing of the data. But is still good for occasional access…

  2. SquareWheel

    Is this not possible by just mapping a network drive? =| I don’t want to install software just for this.

  3. Eric

    It is possible to do this by mapping a network drive.
    Open Word 2010 with a blank document.
    Navigate to the File tab. It’s the one that has the Save options and such.
    On the left, you should find tabs that say: Info, Recent, New, Print, Share, and Help. Click Share.
    Click Save to SkyDrive, it’s between Send using E-mail and Save to SharePoint.
    Double-click the folder that you want to mount, a save file dialog should appear shortly.
    Copy path from the bar at the top. it should look like “https://(random letters).docs.live.net/(Randon letters)/(The folder you chose)”

  4. Steve in Agoura, CA

    This is a great little app and I’ve been using it since the early betas. According to the SkyDrive Explorer Web site, the developer is working on the ability to directly map your SkyDrive to a drive letter and other improvements, coming in the next version in January 2010.

  5. Zach

    Try Gladinet too(http://www.gladinet.com). It can map SkyDrive to a drive letter, in addition to support Windows Azure Storage.

  6. Jeffy Quest

    try the steps on the link below: (no need of software to install)

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/robmar/archive/2011/01/07/showing-skydrive-storage-in-windows-explorer.aspx

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