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How to Share Office Files Online With

Sandy Writtenhouse 01-12-2016

With a variety of file sharing applications available, you may have already made your choice. From simple sharing on Google Drive Google Drive Sign In & File Sharing Made Easy Google Drive is a cloud storage and online office service that comes with 15GB free storage and ingenious collaboration options. We show you how to access it and share documents with others. Read More to Dropbox, each has its own set of features to draw you in.


But what about This handy online service from Microsoft offers extras that can take sharing to the next level. Let us show you why you should consider sharing files with!

Sign In and Navigate

The first step to using is to sign in. You can create an account using an email address or phone number. Alternatively, you can sign in with your Facebook, Microsoft, or applicable work or school account.

Once you have signed in, you will land on your Home page with sections for Journal, Documents, and Collections. homepage

Journal is a spot where you can post your thoughts, ideas, and stories. This is similar to a blog concept. Collections is an area for gathering content that you find on the web as well as uploaded documents. For sharing your office files quickly and easily, the Documents section is where we will head first.


Documents Basics

Documents provides an area where you will upload your files. This is perfect for sharing documents with coworkers or team members. Select the Documents tab and then click the Publish box. Or click the Add New button and pick Document from the drop-down box. add new document

You can drag documents onto the page, enter a URL, or import a file from your computer, OneDrive, OneNote, Office Mix, or Sway. Once you have uploaded your file, you can configure the various properties which include details, visibility, and user activity options. upload options


File Details

For sharing your files, you should fill in the Title, Author, and Description sections. This will help your users identify documents.


The Visibility options for most users include Public, which means the file is searchable on the Web, and Limited, which means only those with a direct link can view it. For applicable work and school accounts, an Organization option will also appear.

Here are a few examples of files to share using the visibility options:

  • Public — Policy and standards documents, questionnaires, product demos, and instructions.
  • Limited — Private files, company documents, group projects, and personal files.
  • Organization — Files pertaining to the work or school account. visibility


If you set the Visibility to Public and change it later, there is one important thing to keep in mind. It may take several days for the item to be removed from search engine listings. So depending on your intent to share your documents, be sure to make your choice carefully.

Viewer Activities

This section of the properties lets you decide what is allowed by others for your document. You can check or uncheck the boxes for allowing comments (via Disqus) and downloads as well as requiring a sign-in for downloads.

Save Your Document

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Share Your Document

Now that your file is all set up, the sharing begins. You can do this in a few different ways.

  1. Once you have saved your document, you will instantly see a sharing link at the top of the refreshed page.
  2. From your Home page, hover your mouse over the document and select Share. A pop-up box will appear providing a direct link along with options to share it via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, or email.
  3. If you need to edit your file, you can obtain a link on that page as well. On your Home page, hover your mouse over the document and select Edit. You’ll spot the link at the top, next to Find your content here. sharing link

You can then share your link with coworkers, fellow students How to Use OneNote for School: 10 Tips for Students and Teachers Microsoft OneNote can transform the classroom. Find out why the note-taking app is designed for both students and teachers. Read More , or others to view your file. Depending on your property settings (explained above), users may or may not have to sign in to access the file, download it, or add comments.

Publish From Your Application

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Collections Basics

As mentioned above, the Collections section allows you to gather and share web content in addition to uploaded documents. This area is ideal for situations when you want to share a group of related items.

Select the Collections tab and then click the Create a collection box. Or, click the Add New button and pick Collection from the drop-down box. To add items to your created Collection, just use the red buttons inside the Collection. add new collection

Here are just a few examples of when Collections can come in handy.

For Business

Businesses can use Collections for research and development, marketing, or sales. Since including links and content found on the web is a big part of this feature, it can be quite helpful to keep it all together. For instance, you can upload a product specifications file, a requirements document, and then add links to sites for market research or related data.

For Creatives

For creators such as writers, artists, and authors, Collections provides a terrific way to showcase your work. Writers can easily include samples of articles and a resume along with sites where work has been published. collection

Artists can take advantage of sharing their presentations or personal stories with Sway, plus include links to galleries displaying their work. Authors can upload excerpts from their novel, a biography file, and then include links to shopping sites to buy their book.

For Students

A group project where research is involved is a great example of when to use Collections. You can upload a file from your instructor, an outline document or project notes, and then include links for resources. This keeps everything related to the project in one spot for your group to access easily.

Share Your Collection

To obtain a sharing link for your collection, make sure that you are on the Collections tab. Then, hover your mouse over the collection and select Share. A pop-up box will appear with a direct link along with additional sharing options.

Is It Time to Try

If you have not checked out for sharing your files, posts, or links, it is certainly worth a try. You can explore the features, enjoy the Collections, and upload your documents easily.

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