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New OneDrive and SharePoint Sharing Experience

A new OneDrive and SharePoint Sharing Experience is rolling out in August/September, 2017. This applies only to ODFB and SharePoint on-line, not OneDrive consumer. This sharing change is available both on the web and from within Windows Explorer.

Now, you can right-click on a file and select ‘Share’ (it has a blue cloud beside it). Then this box (below) opens and here’s where you select settings for sharing.

sharing box for onedrive-getting a link


This new sharing experience will send a link by default via email. You will select what type of link to send (detailed explanation on types of links at the end of the article). Then you can enter in an email addresses and click send.

You also have an option to get a link and send it via email (this looks to be available only when the ‘anyone’ selection is chosen.

**When the Fall Creator’s Update comes out, everyone will have another option and that is to set an expiration date for your link. That’s nice because lots of us forget what we’ve shared and people may not need to have availability to your document for an unspecified time.

onedrive sharing box with editing and expiration date box
Expiration Date added with Creator’s Update!


OneDrive and SharePoint On-line vs. Desktop Experience | What to Expect

The OneDrive team tries to make both the on-line and desktop user experience to be the same, but there are a few differences.


Desktop OneDrive & SharePoint experience

Can’t select multiple files and share all at once-just 1 at a time

Can NOT share a folder from desktop

Online OneDrive & SharePoint experience

Can share a folder on-line

Can NOT select  multiple files and initiate a share

Can share an entire library or site


How do I know what I’ve Shared in my OneDrive or SharePoint?

Knowing what you’ve shared by looking in Windows Explorer will be a reality when the Creator’s Update comes out in the next month or so. Currently, we can’t tell when looking in Windows Explorer.

Check out the images below – the left shows a little people icon for the files and folders I’ve shared. This is coming in the Fall Creator’s update. The image on the right is what we see now – just the green checkmark that the file/folder is in sync. Good things are coming!

For now, to know what is shared – log into either OneDrive consumer or ODFB online and there is a ‘Shared With Me’ button over on the left side.

onedrive sharing in windows explorer
Current Look at OneDrive Sharing (nothing)
sharing indication in creators update onedrive
How sharing will look with Creator’s Update!










OneDrive & SharePoint Link types   

From the Microsoft article, here is the detail on what the different sharing settings mean…

Users can change settings on sharing links to one of three possible permission levels:

  • Anyone with this link:A shareable link that can be sent to others. It behaves like email. You can forward it to others or add people to the thread and it will work. This option does not require recipients to sign-in and hence is the most convenient for recipients. Use this for sharing content that can be freely shared with others, including people outside your tenant.
  • Only people in [tenant]: Users who open the link must sign-in or be signed-in to a non-guest account in the tenant. It behaves like email with restrictions on it. You can forward it to others or add people to the thread, as long as the people added are inside your tenant. If any external user gets a hold of the link, they will not be able to use it. Use this for sharing internal-only content.
  • Specific people: Grant permission only to the people you list. The link will only work for those people (and others who already have access to the item). If recipients want to send this link to anyone else, they need to ensure those recipients have been granted permission to the resource, otherwise the link won’t work. This option produces behavior similar to the “Invite people” tab in the old sharing UI.

It will be really great when we get the Fall Creator’s Update with these enhanced OneDrive features.

2 thoughts on “New OneDrive and SharePoint Sharing Experience”

  1. Hi Lynn, I’ve installed Fall Creator’s and I’ve got native Onedrive app (you call retail), Onedrive Desktop (Files On-demand release), and Onedrive for Business (from O365) installed. Wasn’t there supposed to be a convergence to just one of the above?

    My experience of ‘native’ is that it shows all Sharepoint sites, that ‘desktop’ is showing just my user Onedrive, and ODFB is complaining about a upload centre cache corrupt requiring repair each time then doesn’t launch.

    Does your article relate to ODFB as deployed from O365 into a Fall Creators Windows 10? Should I be uninstalling ll but ODFB or can they all coexist?


    1. Hi Mark – first I would ask do you have an O365 business account where you will get the ODFB (OneDrive for Business) and SP (SharePoint)? It sounds like you do, but need to make sure.
      Second – IF you have the biz O365, you will/should have 2 cloud icons – the white one is for the consumer, or native as you call it. The blue cloud is the ODFB and SP app. They DO and should co-exist together. They have slightly different functions.
      Third – it’s a good idea to make sure the old sync client isn’t running (it’s called groove). It’s a darker blue cloud with a white lining around the clouds. Here’s a link to determine which you have
      Some other thoughts:

      Some people were having problems getting the full version of ODFB with the fall creator’s update. You could read this article to determine your version and if you think you need to reinstall your OD client.

      Another, perhaps easier thing to try, would be to unlink your PC from any/all of your OD and ODFB accounts and then relink them and see if that solves your problem with the cache. Depending on the size of your OD, wait until everything has emptied out. Then you will still have the local files/folders on your computer, but not in the cloud. I would then move those folders on your local computer to another location and start a new sync, using the settings command. This may solve your problem.

      I hope these suggestions are helpful.

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