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Mapping a Network Drive to a SkyDrive in Windows 8

Many times, I want to access my SkyDrive files from Windows Explorer or a command prompt as I would any other network location – instead of having to go through the SkyDrive Metro UI. Here’s how easy it is to do that:

  1. Go to the Windows 8 start screen.
  2. Click the SkyDrive icon.
  3. In SkyDrive, open a document – such as an Excel or Word document.
  4. In the document’s editor, go to Save->File As.
  5. Note the folder name at the top of the Save-As dialog. It should read something like https://d.docs.live.net/{user-id}/Documents.
  6. Copy the save-as location to the clipboard. Note: You might have several folders in your SkyDrive folder hierarchy. Copy to the clipboard the part of the path that makes sense to you. For example, I use https://d.docs.live.net/{user-id} so that I can get at all of my files and folders.
  7. You can close the Save-As dialog and the document if you wish as they’re no longer needed for this task.
  8. Open Windows Explorer.
  9. Click Map Network drive on the toolbar.
  10. When the Map Network Drive dialog appears, select an available drive letter, and paste the SkyDrive path into the Folder textbox.
  11. Click Finish.
  12. You should now be able to access your SkyDrive files and folders from the drive letter you entered.

June 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment