How To Move Folders in Windows SkyDrive

SkyDrive makes managing files, documents and folders is easy. Here’s how to easily move folders in Windows 8 using the SkyDrive desktop app and service.

Microsoft is betting that integrating its online cloud storage service SkyDrive with its other apps and services will make accessing files from virtually anywhere easy. So far, I’ve found it to be handy with integration in Windows 8 and Office 2013. Moving folders in SkyDrive is an easy process. Here’s a look at doing it in Windows 7 and 8 using the SkyDrive desktop app or your online account.

Starting with the online account, to move a folder, simply right click it and select Move To.

right click Move to

Here’s a look at selecting folders from details view. This makes it easier to select multiple folders without having to use the Ctrl + Click option.

Details View

Then select another folder in SkyDrive you want to move it to, or create a new folder.

Select Folder to Move

Then a confirmation message will come up verifying the folder(s) were moved.

Confirm message

SkyDrive comes integrated in the new Modern (Metro UI) in Windows 8, but what’s interesting is, I haven’t yet found a way to move folders easily other than using the Desktop version or through the online account. Using the SkyDrive folder you can simply drag and drop a folder into another.

Windows 8 Drag Drop

Another way to move a folder in the SkyDrive desktop app is to select the folder you want to move, and from the Explorer Ribbon select the Home tab then the Move To icon. Then select the location for it.

Or, in Windows 7 you can right click a folder and use Send To or Move To Folder by using this registry tweak.

move to Desktop

Then you can move it to another location in your SkyDrive or anywhere else on your computer or network.

Chose Location



  1. tooltip86

    September 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    hi, do you know if there´s a way to view my skydrive files in windows explorer without using skydrive application or is there a way to config skydrive application to not download all my files to my hard drive, because I only need to check and open my files but I dont have enough space in my hdd to download everything on the skydrive.

    • Brian Burgess

      September 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Yep. You just need to download the Desktop app to view your files in Explorer. The Windows 8 version lets you view it in its “metro” version of explorer as well.

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