Ok, this is my first Windows Live Clubhouse community post. I don’t usually do guides, but I’ll give it a shot. Ok, so here’s a step-by-step guide on how to upload files to SkyDrive.
I’ll be honest, and say this is my first time with SkyDrive, so I’m posting everything as it is. Here we go:
1. Go to http://skydrive.live.com and sign-in with your Windows Live ID.
So enter in the SkyDrive URL into your browser’s address bar or press the hyperlink. Sign-in with your Windows Live ID. If you don’t have one, get one here : http://signup.live.com/ . Now you’re in the SkyDrive dashboard where you can quickly access your files, or take a look at your friend’s SkyDrive files you have access to.
2. Choose where to add files – Here’s the part where you can add files. You have 3 choices of where you can upload a file to : Personal folders, Shared folders, or Public folders. Personal is for your eyes only, Shared is for you and your contacts with Live ID’s, and Public is for anyone who comes across your SkyDrive. In this scenario, I’m going to add a file to my public folders. Just click right at the end of which type of folders you want to upload to. Then you pick which folder in within that type you’re interested in adding on to. Or make a new folder.
3. Pick files to upload – Ok, so this is the step where you pick the file or files to upload.
Purple underline – is the upload tool. You can install this onto your desktop, and anytime your want to upload files, you can just use this tool to drag-n’-drop onto SkyDrive. But I’m not going to show this one, in the scenario.
Red circle – You can just simply click on Browse… and open up a mini Windows Explorer, and find files there. That’s what I’m gonna do.
So you find a file, and select it. Click ‘Open’ to confirm it. You can upload 4 more files, in the other slots below the first one. You can’t upload anything bigger than 50MB. Then select when you’re ready.
4. A little waiting… – So now it’s going to upload the file. There’s a little splash ball you can play with your cursor, while the time passes. Or you can do something else on the computer, as long as you don’t close the page. Though I wish they would do something different besides a beach ball every time, and maybe make the box bigger.
5. You’re done! – When it’s done uploading, that’s it. There’s your file. It didn’t take long for me, with uploading one song and having a high-speed connection.
So there’s a toolbar of options for this particular folder you uploaded to, or you can click on the file itself, and mess around with the options for the file.
Your friends or other people you allow can access the file and take a look at it. They can also drop a comment for that file on it’s page in SkyDrive. Neat, huh? You can access these files you upload anywhere with an internet browser, and view them. You can even embed them on a webpage. Click and choose what display icon you want it to appear. Here’s my embedded file that I walked you through:
Well I hope I helped make SkyDrive easier to understand, if you’re new to it. If I did a video demo, it probably shouldn’t have taken longer than 3 minutes from sign-in to file uploaded. It’s a really wonderful service from Microsoft, which I hope they’ll continually improve on. Keep in mind that currently, there’s a 5GB limit for your SkyDrive. There’s rumors that Microsoft might have a subscription option to purchase more storage space or get unlimited storage. Now that would rock.
So SkyDrive is a great and easy way to upload files onto the web, where you and people you allow can access these files with just an internet browser. Plus it’s free.
UPDATE: People have been questioning where the upload tool is. I think it’s only available if you’re using Internet Explorer. The link won’t show up if you’re using another browser. The tool uses ActiveX. Here’s a video of how a guy obtained it: