How to Access SkyDrive from Desktop

Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service rivals the offerings available from both Dropbox and Google Drive.

You can upload files to your SkyDrive account either through a browser or through the SkyDrive for Windows app that you can download to your computer.

If you have followed the instructions in this article to download and install the SkyDrive app, then you know how helpful it can be to upload and download things from a local folder stored on your computer.

But you can make this app even more useful by adding a shortcut icon to your Desktop that, when double-clicked, will immediately open your SkyDrive folder, allowing you to manage the files stored within that folder.

Continue reading to learn how to access SkyDrive from your Desktop.

Open Your SkyDrive Folder from the Desktop

This tutorial assumes that you have already installed the SkyDrive for Windows app on your computer. If you have not yet installed it, then you should follow the instructions in this article first, then return here to complete the process.

The idea behind making this change to your computer is focused on identifying the Desktop as the “Home” location for a lot of users. If you like to have shortcuts to your most frequently used programs and files on your Desktop, then having a shortcut that links to your Skydrive folder certainly falls within your pattern of usage.

Step 1: Click the Windows Explorer icon in the task bar at the bottom of your screen. If that icon is not there, you can also click Computer from the Start menu, or open any other folder on your computer.

open windows explorer in windows 7

Step 2: Right-click the SkyDrive option in the column at the left side of the window. If your computer is not displaying the Favorites column in Windows Explorer, then you will need to physically browse to the location of the SkyDrive folder on your computer. The default location is C:\Users\YourUserName\SkyDrive.

right-click the SkyDrive folder

Step 3: Click the Send to option, then click Desktop (create shortcut).

how to access skydrive from desktop

Now that you know how to access SkyDrive from desktop, you can get to the files that you have stored in that location a little more easily from your computer.

When you double-click the Skydrive folder shortcut on your Desktop, it will automatically open your SkyDrive folder.

Join Our Free Newsletter

Featured guides and deals

You may opt out at any time.
Read our Privacy Policy

Leave a Comment