So you can imagine how excited I was over the weekend when I discovered a groovy way to Map a drive to my Windows Live Skydrive account using Office 2010. Once mapped, the drive works just like any other Mapped network drive. I can save Office documents to it, pictures, files etc… just like a normal mapped drive. VERY groovy! Here, let me show you how it’s done!
How To Map a Network Drive to a Windows Live Skydrive
1. Open up a Microsoft Office 2010 application, I did it using Word.
2. In Word (or whatever Microsoft Office app you opened) Click the File tab and then Select
Save & Send > Save to Web > Sign In.
3. Type in your Windows Live credentials and Click OK. If you don’t have a Windows Live account go here and create one.
4. Choose or Create a new folder and then Click Save As. If you want your documents to be private, make sure you don’t use the Public folder.
5. It may take a moment for the Save window to appear so don’t panic if it looks like Office freezes. Once the Save box opens, Copy the URL location in the address bar.
6. Open up the Start Menu, Right-Click My Computer and Select Map network drive…
7. Paste the previously copied URL into the Folder text box. Also Check the Connect using different credentials box. Click Finish to continue.
8. You’ll be prompted again to enter your Windows Live credentials. Type them in and then Click OK.
Now hopefully it worked and you have your online Skydrive account mapped as a network drive on your PC. From here you can directly drag and drop files into Skydrive just like it were a regular folder on your computer.
The only catch here is that you’ll have to manually Click sign-in to access Skydrive every time you restart your computer. If you want to automatically sign into Skydrive just follow the How-To article I write about 5 minutes ago. I explain in DETAILS How-To link your Windows 7 Account with Windows Live.
Update: MrGroove says he didn’t need to use the Online Provide plugin linked above to get this to work. He’s using Windows 7 and Office 2010 RTM. So, mileage may vary… Would love to hear your feedback on what you experience on this!
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