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How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

OneDrive may primarily be a cloud syncing service, but even if you don’t use OneDrive as your primary cloud storage, it has one killer feature: with it, you can remotely access any file on your PC, even if that file is not in your OneDrive folders.

Like most of cloud storage services, OneDrive makes it easy to store files in the cloud and even share them with other people. “Fetch” is a handy additional feature that lets you log into your OneDrive account on any web browser and then remotely access files on any PC running OneDrive. One interesting caveat to this is that the Fetch feature is not supported in Windows 8.1. We suspect this is because Windows 8.1 was the first version to integrate OneDrive (then named SkyDrive) into the OS and Fetch just wasn’t available then.

If you’re running Windows 10, you’re good to go. Just make sure you sign in to your OneDrive account before you get started. If you’re running Windows 7 or 8 (not 8.1), download the OneDrive app (if you haven’t already), install it, and sign in. If you don’t yet have a OneDrive account, it’s easy and free to set one up and useful even if Fetch is the only thing you use it for.

How to Enable Fetch in your OneDrive Settings

Fetch is not enabled by default. Once you’re signed into OneDrive on your PC, you’ll need to turn it on. Right-click the OneDrive icon in your system tray.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

In the Microsoft OneDrive window, switch to the Settings tab.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

On the Settings tab, enable the “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC” check box and then click OK.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you have more than one PC, you’ll have to repeat these steps to enable OneDrive on each one where you want remote access to your files.

How to Access Remote Files Using Fetch

Now that you’ve got Fetch turned on, you can remotely access your files from any modern web browser. Just head over to the OneDrive site and sign in.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

In the navigation pane on the left side, you’ll see a list of PCs on which OneDrive is installed. Just click the one you want to browse.

You should see all the familiar folders from your PC. Folders that are stored remotely on your PC have solid blue thumbnails so it’s easier to identify what you’re looking at. Just click any folder to open it up.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

NOTE: If it’s the first time you’ve visited that PC remotely and you have two-factor authentication set up, you’ll need to run through a security code check before you gain access. Also, if you see multiple PCs that you don’t recognize, it’s possible that older computers are still associated with your account. Just click through the listed PCs and you’ll see an option to remove the ones you don’t want.

When you’ve found the folder with the files you’re after, you have a couple of choices. If you want to download the file to the computer you’re on now, just click the file. Alternately, you can right-click the file and choose Upload to OneDrive to add that file to your OneDrive folders. You’ll be given the chance to specify which folder you want it uploaded to.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

One exception to this functionality is if you’re looking at a folder with pictures or videos. In that case, you’re shown full thumbnails for the files. You can click any file to view the picture or stream the video without having to download it or copy it to your OneDrive folders. You even have the option to start a slideshow for all the pictures in the folder.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

And that’s all there is to it. If you’re already using OneDrive, you don’t need to install any additional apps to gain remote access to the files on your PC. Just enable the Fetch feature and you can gain access from pretty much any web browser. If you aren’t using OneDrive…well, this is an awesome enough feature that it may be worth installing.

By Melanie Pinola published 23 December 15

OneDrive has a hidden setting that could save your bacon one day: Remote file access. With the “fetch” feature, you can remotely grab any file on your computer even if it’s not stored in the OneDrive folder. But first you have to turn this feature on. Here’s how to enable fetching and use it.

The fetch feature comes in very handy if you’ve forgotten to save a file to your OneDrive folder or have important files stored elsewhere on your computer–or even on external or mapped drives. The PC you want to access will have to be turned on, connected to the internet, and also have OneDrive running for this to work, but otherwise fetching files on another computer is as easy as opening up your web browser.

Set Up Fetch in OneDrive

1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and select Settings.

2. Check the box next to “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC”, which is unchecked by default.

3. Click OK.

4. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and click Exit. We need to restart OneDrive for the feature to complete the process.

5. Launch OneDrive. Search for it in the start menu and click OneDrive to open the OneDrive folder and start the service.

How to Fetch Files with OneDrive

1. Log in to https://onedrive.live.com/ from the computer that needs to access the remote file.

2. Click the settings (hamburger) menu icon at the top left then on PCs.

3. Click on PCs to open a list of available computers and then select the computer you want to access. The computers listed are ones associated with your OneDrive account.

4. Follow the steps to sign in with a security code if this is the first time connecting to that computer from this PC. Depending on your Microsoft account settings, you can get a security code by text message or email to verify your identity.

5. Browse through and access all the files on the connected PC, including those not in your OneDrive.

This works on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, but not Windows 8.1. You can use Windows 8.1 to fetch files on another PC, but you can’t use OneDrive to fetch files on a Windows 8.1 PC. Also, you can use a Mac to fetch files that are on a Windows PC, but you can’t fetch files that are on a Mac.

There’s an interesting and useful feature with OneDrive (consumer), that is easy to overlook and that is how to remotely fetch files using OneDrive. You do this by checking the box that is found by right-clicking on the white OneDrive cloud icon.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Let’s look at how it works and why it could be useful.

Use OneDrive to Fetch Files on this PC

Since most of us are using Windows 10, the OneDrive app is already installed and if you use OneDrive, you’re probably already signed in and using it.

This feature is handy even if you don’t sync OneDrive files. This is because the fetch feature is for all the files on your computer that are not in OneDrive!

For those people who have a lot of files and perhaps not enough room to put them in OneDrive (there is a limit of 5 GB) per user unless you have a Home O365 subscription. As a result, you have to leave your files and folders in the My Documents Folder, or Music, Pictures, etc.

Then, with the Fetch feature, you can go to OneDrive on the web and over on the left, there’s a list of items that are hyperlinked. Select the ‘PCs’ link.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Here, you can see I have 2 computers (my desktop & laptop), that I’ve enabled the fetch feature on.

What You Need to know About Fetch (tech stuff)

  • As mentioned, you have to go into the OneDrive settings (right-click on the white cloud in your system tray), and make sure fetch is enabled on each computer you want to access.
  • The computer you want to access has to be on and awake. If you let your computers go to sleep after a certain time period, this won’t be very useful!
  • The first time or two you try to access a computer, Microsoft may have you verify that it is you by sending an access code via email.

Here’s an example of what you’ll see. Folders are just a solid blue, but if you have pictures, you’ll see a nice thumbnail image of them. You may need to change the view to see the thumbnail.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Here’s how it looks with photos – a very detailed thumbnail – nice.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

How to Handle Files that are Fetched

When you’ve located a file and you want to work on it,you have several choices. When you right-click on the file, you can choose to open, download, upload to OneDrive or add to an album. Nice.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Fetch is a nice feature to have, as long as the computers stay on. When I was looking at Fetch on my PCs, I noticed there were 4 computers listed, but they were computers I didn’t use anymore. If you click on a computer name and get a message that it’s not connected anymore, it’s probably safe to assume you can remove that computer.

On the image above where my PCs are listed, one is my desktop which I did rename and rebooted my computer, but it still hasn’t changed on the list. When I added my dell laptop, I changed the name to LynnDellLaptop before I added it and got the right name on my list.

If you’re going to be out of town and think you might need files not in OneDrive, make sure your computer never goes to sleep and then you’ll have anytime access to any file on that PC. Now you know how to remotely fetch files using OneDrive!

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Microsoft started taking part in the cloud race by releasing OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). Cloud providers like Box, Dropbox, Google and Microsoft do everything it takes to be most preferred cloud provider among users by announcing new features and benefits time to time. One such feature is to fetch files remotely using OneDrive. In this tutorial, you will learn how to fetch files using OneDrive remotely.

What does fetching file remotely mean?
Imagine you were working on a project at home. You save the work and leave for an immediate meeting. During the meeting, you realize you forgot to put the project file to OneDrive cloud. What can you do now? How to get that file? This is where the file fetching feature comes to your rescue. You can use this feature to get the project file on device you are working on. How? Well, read the tutorial below.

To make this easy to understand, we will call the PC where the files are store as Home PC. And we will call the device which we use to fetch the file as Work Device.

Note: To fetch files using OneDrive remotely, you need OneDrive desktop app installed on Home PC. OneDrive is not required on the device from which you are fetching the files. (Work Device)
Note: Fetching files using OneDrive is supported with Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Surprisingly, this feature does not work with Windows 8.1 PC even if OneDrive desktop app is installed. A Windows 8.1 PC can be used to fetch files from other PCs though.

How to fetch files using OneDrive?

Step 1: Making required changes.
Download and install OneDrive desktop app on Windows 7 or 8 PC (Home PC). On a Windows 10 PC, OneDrive is already built-in. After the installation is finished, run OneDrive app and perform initial configuration.

During configuration, make sure to check Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC option.
How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If OneDrive was already configured on Home PC, open OneDrive settings by right clicking on OneDrive icon in system tray and choosing Settings. Now check Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC option and click OK.
How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you don’t see an option to fetch files in OneDrive settings, it is possible it is disabled in your corporate network using Group Policy.

Step 2: Fetching files remotely.
Once the file fetching feature is enabled on Home PC, you can fetch the files on this PC from virtually anywhere.

Note: Home PC must be turned on with internet connectivity. OneDrive app must be running.

On Work Device, login to OneDrive in a browser and select the device from left pane. In order to access this device, you must enter the security code which was sent to you via the option you selected. It can be either SMS or email. If you have configured Google’s Authenticator app on your phone, a code can be generated using it too.
How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

After you enter the correct code,, you can browse the files on OneDrive just as you were browsing them on Home PC. You can right click on any file and download it to Work Device. You can also add files to OneDrive.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

The file on Home PC

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

The file in OneDrive

Well, this is how you fetch files using OneDrive remotely. This useful feature was easy as pie to configure and use right?

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How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Microsoft’s OneDrive has a powerful remote access feature you may not be aware of that could save the day while at the office. Here’s how to enable it.

Microsoft’s OneDrive is meant to be your cloud destination for all of your files so that you can access them from anywhere. It also has a powerful fetch remote access feature you may not be aware of that could save the day while you’re at the office.

Here’s the scenario:

You have an important meeting with the department heads, and your presentation is sitting on your computer at home. You forgot to upload it to OneDrive, and you never set up Remote Desktop…what to do?

You can remotely gain access to that file via OneDrive, Yes. OneDrive. But wait, didn’t I just say you forgot to upload the document to OneDrive?

Not to worry, for such a scenario, this is where powerful features of OneDrive come in handy. The fetch remote access is a feature that will help save the day.

Enable OneDrive Fetch

To enable fetch access, right-click the OneDrive icon and select Settings.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Then check the box “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC.” That’s all there is to it! There’s no software to set up, or router configurations to make.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

To access your files from your computer at home from the office or vice versa, open up OneDrive on the web at onedrive.com and sign in to your Microsoft account if you’re not already.

Then from the left pane, select the computer that contains the files you need.

The Fetch Features allow you to download a copy of your files from virtually anywhere and from any device. You can access files on your local C: drive, any mapped network drive, or connected internal or external drives.

Also, you can stream videos and view pictures remotely in your browser.

Important: You cannot fetch files from a PC that’s running Windows 8.1 or a Mac. However, you can use 8.1 or a Mac to access files. For the Fetch feature to work, the computer you’re trying to remotely access needs to be powered on and connected to the internet.

You might be asked for a verification code, too. Using the Fetch feature works best on Windows 10 machines.

For more on using fetch access and troubleshooting steps, check out this Microsoft support page.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

OneDrive is one of the popular free cloud storage services that let you store and easily access your files from anywhere you want. In fact, it comes pre-installed on your Windows 10 system, and all you have to do is sign in with your Microsoft account to start using it. Though it doesn’t give as much free space as Google Drive, it is still highly used among Office users and others like students who use free applications like OneNote. As good as it is, one of the lesser-known features of the OneDrive desktop app in Windows 10 is its built-in Remote File Access feature.

Using this feature, you can access all the files and folders in your Windows 10 system remotely from any web browser on any system. Even if you are not using OneDrive as your primary cloud storage service, this feature can help you in times of need. This article will show you how to enable the Remote File Access feature in the OneDrive desktop app in Windows 10.

Also read: How to Troubleshoot OneDrive Sync Issues

A Few Things Before Getting Started

1. The Fetch feature in OneDrive is only available in Windows 10 and 7. If you are using Windows 8.1, then you don’t have access to the feature.

2. In order to remotely access files and folders on a Windows 10 system, the system should be connected to the Internet and the OneDrive app running. If the system is not connected to the Internet or is turned off, you cannot access files for that Windows 10 system.

3. Though I’m showing this in Windows 10, the procedure is pretty similar even when you are using Windows 7. However, you have to download and install OneDrive desktop app if you haven’t already.

Enable Fetch Feature in OneDrive

To enable the remote file access feature in OneDrive, search for OneDrive in the Start Menu and open it.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

The above action will open the OneDrive folder, start the OneDrive desktop app and minimize it to the taskbar. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar, and then select the option “Settings.”

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

In the OneDrive settings window, navigate to the “Settings” tab, select the “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC” checkbox, and click on the “OK” button to save the changes.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

For the changes to take effect, you need to restart the app. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and select the “Exit” option to close the app.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

You will receive a confirmation window. Click on the “Close OneDrive” button. To start the OneDrive app again, follow the first step.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Now, go to the official OneDrive website and log in with your Microsoft account credentials. After logging in, you will see a new option called “PCs” on the sidebar. Click on the option to continue.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

On this page, click on your PC name under the “PCs” section.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

You will be prompted for a security check. Simply click on the “Sign in with a security code” button. Depending on your account settings, you might be prompted for your OTP. Enter the One Time Password to continue.

You will now see all the familiar folders like Documents, Videos, Pictures, etc. If you scroll down a bit, you will see all your drives in your Windows 10 system. You can even access files from any other external storage device like thumb drives attached to your system.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Since you can access all the files and folders, you can download them by right-clicking and selecting the “Download” option.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

You can also stream media by selecting the “Open” option or uploading it to OneDrive by selecting the option “Upload to OneDrive.”

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

One thing to keep in mind is that when you access your files using the OneDrive fetch feature, you’ll only have read-only access. This means that you cannot create, modify, or delete any files or folders on your main system via the OneDrive web interface.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about the remote files access feature in OneDrive app for Windows 10.

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I was just exploring the new features in OneDrive and found an interesting feature that came up with Windows 10. It calls as fetch any files remotely using OneDrive. For this, your PC must be synced with OneDrive having an active internet connection and the associated settings must be enabled.

In this post we will discuss more about this feature and also see the settings which needs to be enabled. Continue reading and share your views on this existing new feature.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Did you read my other articles on Windows 10 Tips and Tricks Series? You might want to check those too after reading this.

There are plenty of cloud sharing services currently available and among them Microsoft OneDrive, Drop Box are very popular. OneDrive is currently more integrated with the operating system and provides a better solution with reliability and high security. Due to this, I have synced my complete system (Documents, Pictures, Musics etc.) with OneDrive and free from system format if any issue arises with my system. As most of my files are backed up automatically on cloud, I don’t take tension in formatting my hard drive and restore all the files. Just a click and everything is back to normal.

Apart from this feature, you can now also configure your system with OneDrive, so that, you can fetch any files remotely from your system whenever require. You don’t have to push the files to cloud. If the settings is enabled and the system has active internet connection, you can now see your file system remotely from OneDrive portal directly and access them. It includes your Libraries, System Drives, Removable Drives etc. Don’t forget to read the post “OneDrive sharing now became easier with Windows 10”.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

As shown in the above screenshot, if you open your OneDrive portal, you can see an expandable menu at the left panel named “PCs”, which lists all your synched devices with this account. Click one of the PC device which you want to access remotely (provided, you have already activated the feature) and you will see a list of folders available as libraries. Scroll it down to see the system drives, attached removable storage media etc. of that synched device as shown in the below screenshot.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Also you can go deep into the drives or folders to access the sub folders and/or files, which you can open to modify, view or delete. All these are now accessible remotely and a secure manner. Isn’t it a very good feature?

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you are not able to see this option and/or want to configure your OneDrive synched system in a manner that, you can access it’s files/folders remotely when the device is connected, right click on the OneDrive icon available in your Systray and click on the menu item labeled “Settings”. See the below screenshot for reference:

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

The OneDrive settings window will popup in the screen. In it’s first tab labeled “Settings”, you will find a checkbox that says “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC”. Check this box and click OK to enable this settings. You might have to restart your OneDrive for the changes to take effect. In such case, right click on the OneDrive systray icon, click Exit and then start the application again.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Once enabled, open onedrive.com and find out your device which you enabled this settings. You will now see a list of drives, files and folders in the online portal. Also, you will be able to view and access those from a remote system connected via internet. Just you have to login to the same account with which you synched your cloud storage.

How did you like this feature? I hope that the post was helpful and you already enabled the same in your system. Don’t forget to read my other posts from the Windows 10 Tips and Tricks series available in the link mentioned below: http://win10tips.kunal-chowdhury.com. Also bookmark the same page for future reference.

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There are many ways to access remote computers, of which the two most popular are Google Remote Desktop and TeamViewer. However, if you only need access to files and folders, don’t miss OneDrive.

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There are many ways to access remote computers, of which the two most popular are Google Remote Desktop and TeamViewer. However, if you only need access to files and folders, don’t miss OneDrive.

OneDrive has a feature that helps access remote files called Fetch. This feature was introduced in Windows 7, removed in Windows 8, and then again in Windows 10. What is Fetch? How does it work? Please follow the article below!

Before you go into details, you need to keep in mind: You can only access files remotely when the OneDrive app is running on your computer and connected to the Internet.

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How to set up remote file access with OneDrive

  1. Find the OneDrive icon on the taskbar.
  2. Right click on that icon.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Check the box next to the content Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC .
  1. Then, click OK.
  2. Restart the OneDrive app.
  3. Visit onedrive.live.com and login.
  4. In the left panel, click on PCs and choose your computer name.
  5. Finally, enter your security code and you’re done.

Now you can see the structure of the files and folders of your computer through the OneDrive web application.

You can use the web application to download content to the device you’re working on and upload the file from the remote PC to the OneDrive web app. Your original files will be locked (read only) – so make copies of those files if you want to edit them.

Microsoft’s OneDrive storage service provides a handy way to save your files in the cloud and across different PCs. Documents, photos, and other files are not only backed up and stored online but also synced in the cloud and all your computers and mobile devices. However, you can also use OneDrive to access folders and fetch files directly on another PC, and those files don’t need to be part of your OneDrive group.

There are a few requirements for this fetch to work.

– You will need a Microsoft Account to use OneDrive.

– Both PCs need to be connected to the internet when OneDrive is active, and the fetch setting is enabled.

– You can fetch files stored on PCs running Windows 7, 8, and 10 but not 8.1.

– You can connect to a remote PC and access stored files from a PC running 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 as well as from a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

– You can also fetch files stored on a Windows PC from a Mac, but you cannot fetch files stored on a Mac.

– When you connect to your PC to fetch files, Windows may ask for a verification code.

– Make sure you’re running OneDrive on both your PC, the app you want to use to access the files, and where the files are stored. If not, install it via Microsoft’s OneDrive website.

Once OneDrive is installed, you’ll see a OneDrive icon (the one that looks like a cloud) in the Windows system tray.

Now that all the requirements and setup are in place let’s test the process.

Set up PC to fetch

Turn on the PC that is storing the files you want to access and right-click the OneDrive icon. From the pop-up menu, click the command for Settings, then click the Settings tab in the OneDrive window that pops up.

Check the setting for “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any files on this PC.” If it isn’t already on, you should also check the setting to “Automatically start OneDrive when I sign in to Windows.” This way, OneDrive always works when you load Windows. Click OK.

Locate the file to fetch

Now switch to the computer that will perform the fetch. Launch the OneDrive website from your web browser and sign in. The next screen may ask if your account is used for work or school or a personal account. Assuming you use the personal OneDrive service, click Options for Personal Account.

Enter the password for your OneDrive account and click the Sign In button. Your OneDrive page pops up, showing the folders included in your OneDrive sync. On the left side of the page, click the link that says PC.

You’ll see a list of all your PCs running OneDrive. Click the name of the PC where you want to fetch the files.

A security check message may pop up at this time. If so, click the “Sign in with security code” link to continue.

Enter the last four digits of your phone number and click “Send Code.” Your phone will receive a code in the form of a text message. Enter that code in the Code field in OneDrive.

If you don’t want to be bothered using the code on this computer every time you visit this page, check the option that says: “I sign in frequently on this device. Don’t ask me for the code.” Click the Submit button.

You should now see a page with large tiles for each folder on the remote PC, including favorites, libraries, C drive, CD/DVD drive, and any network drives. Click the box containing the file you want.

View the details of the file you want to view and click the file. The image will automatically display in the OneDrive window. To view other files, you will need the respective apps. For example, if you want to view a PDF, you’ll need Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. To listen to music files or play videos, you’ll need Windows Media Player or a similar program. To view Excel spreadsheets, you will need Microsoft Excel.

After you select the file and confirm the application, it will open the full screen. You can change the file if the file is editable, such as an Excel spreadsheet or a Microsoft Word document. However, if the file opens as read-only, you cannot re-save it back to the remote PC with your edits. Instead, you must save a copy of the file on your current PC. To do this in a program like Word or Excel, click file> Save As, then enter a name and location for the modified file.

Right-click the file when it appears in OneDrive for a few different options. You can now choose to download a copy to your current computer or upload it to OneDrive. This menu also allows you to view specific properties, including file type, date created and modified, location, and size.

You can navigate back to the home screen for the remote PC by clicking its name in the list in the left pane. From there, click the tile for C drive to explore the entire computer. When you’re done, close the OneDrive website or pages you’ve opened.

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Microsoft plans to remove the Fetch Files feature from its OneDrive desktop client at the end of July 2020. The feature allows OneDrive users to transfer files directly from another computer linked to the account from the OneDrive website.

The feature supports network locations and regular locations for the fetching of files, but requires that the PC hosting the data is online at the time of the request. Additionally, the PC needs to be connected to the Internet, OneDrive needs to be running on the device, and the Fetch Files feature needs to have been activated previously.

To activate the feature, users have to open the OneDrive Settings and check the “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC” option.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

The support page of the Fetch Files feature has been updated recently. The update informs users that Microsoft will remove the Fetch Files feature from the OneDrive client.

After July 31, 2020, you will no longer be able to fetch files from your PC. However, you can sync files and folders to OneDrive and then access those files from your web browser or your phone. To automatically sync the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders on your PC, you can turn on OneDrive PC folder backup.

Microsoft does not reveal why the feature is being removed; a possible explanation is that it is not popular. OneDrive users have to seek it out actively to enable it in the client’s settings, and it is necessary that the PC is online when the feature is used.

Microsoft suggests that users sync all important files to the OneDrive cloud to access the files directly from the cloud using a web browser on a desktop system or a mobile device.

The problem with the suggestion is that users had that option all the time. It may not have been practicable for some, e.g. when the data on devices would exceed the available OneDrive storage limit, or when data that should not be stored in the cloud all the time needed to be accessed.

OneDrive users who use the feature won’t be able to do so anymore after July 31, 2020.

Now You: Do you use a file synchronization service? (via Born)

OneDrive has a hidden setting that could save your bacon one day: Remote file access. With the “fetch” feature, you can remotely grab any file on your computer even if it’s not stored in the OneDrive folder. But first you have to turn this feature on. Here’s how to enable fetching and use it.

The fetch feature comes in very handy if you’ve forgotten to save a file to your OneDrive folder or have important files stored elsewhere on your computer–or even on external or mapped drives. The PC you want to access will have to be turned on, connected to the internet, and also have OneDrive running for this to work, but otherwise fetching files on another computer is as easy as opening up your web browser.

Set Up Fetch in OneDrive

1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and select Settings.

2. Check the box next to “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC”, which is unchecked by default.

3. Click OK.

4. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and click Exit. We need to restart OneDrive for the feature to complete the process.

5. Launch OneDrive. Search for it in the start menu and click OneDrive to open the OneDrive folder and start the service.

How to Fetch Files with OneDrive

1. Log in to https://onedrive.live.com/ from the computer that needs to access the remote file.

2. Click the settings (hamburger) menu icon at the top left then on PCs.

3. Click on PCs to open a list of available computers and then select the computer you want to access. The computers listed are ones associated with your OneDrive account.

4. Follow the steps to sign in with a security code if this is the first time connecting to that computer from this PC. Depending on your Microsoft account settings, you can get a security code by text message or email to verify your identity.

5. Browse through and access all the files on the connected PC, including those not in your OneDrive.

This works on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, but not Windows 8.1. You can use Windows 8.1 to fetch files on another PC, but you can’t use OneDrive to fetch files on a Windows 8.1 PC. Also, you can use a Mac to fetch files that are on a Windows PC, but you can’t fetch files that are on a Mac.

Need to access files on another PC in a different location? With a few exceptions, you can perform that trick as long as both machines are running Microsoft’s OneDrive.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

The main function behind Microsoft’s OneDrive storage service is to save your files in the cloud and across different PCs. That way the same documents, photos, and other files stay in sync online and on your computers. But you can also use OneDrive to access folders and fetch files directly on another PC—and those files don’t need to be part of your OneDrive group.

There are a few caveats.

  • You’ll need a Microsoft account to use OneDrive.
  • Both PCs need to be connected to the internet with OneDrive active and the fetch setting turned on.
  • You can fetch files from a PC running Windows 7, 8, and 10 but not 8.1.
  • You can connect to the remote PC and access its files from a PC running 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 as well as from a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android gadget.
  • You can also fetch files on a Windows PC from a Mac, but you can’t fetch files on a Mac.
  • When you connect to a PC to fetch files, Windows may require a verification code.

Now that all the requirements are out of the way, let’s check out the process.

First, make sure you’re running OneDrive on both PCs—the one you want to use you to access files and the one where the files live. If you’re not, install it via Microsoft’s OneDrive website. After OneDrive is installed, you’ll see a OneDrive icon in the Windows system tray; it looks like a cloud.

PC With the Files

Fire up the PC on which you wish to access the files and right-click on the OneDrive icon. From the pop-up menu, click on the command for Settings.

From the Microsoft OneDrive window that pops up, click on the Settings tab. Then check the setting for “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of the files on this PC.” You should also check the setting to “Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows” if it’s not already turned on. This way OneDrive is always active when you load Windows. Click OK.

You now need to restart OneDrive. Right-click on the OneDrive icon and click on the Exit command. A pop-up window appears asking if you’re sure you want to close OneDrive. Click on the button that says: “Close OneDrive.”

Type OneDrive in the search box and then click on OneDrive from the results. You should now see the OneDrive icon back in the system tray.

PC Without the Files

Now turn on the computer you wish to use to fetch files on the other PC. Launch the OneDrive website from your web browser. Click on the Sign in link in the upper-right corner. Type the email address of the account you use for OneDrive and click Next.

The next page may present a choice between OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. We’ll assume you’re using the regular OneDrive service, so click on the button that says: “OneDrive.”

On the next page, type the password for your OneDrive account and click the Sign in button. Your own personal OneDrive page pops up displaying the folders included in your OneDrive synchronization. On the left side of the page, click on the link that says “PCs.”

You’ll see a list of all your PCs running OneDrive. Click on the name of the PC from which you want to fetch a file or files.

A Security check notice may pop up at this point. If so, click on the link to “Sign in with a security code.”

At the “Protect your account” page, type the last four digits of your mobile phone number and then click on the button that says: “Send code.” Your phone should receive a code as a text message. Type that code in the “Code” field. If you don’t want to be bothered using a code on this computer each time you access this page, check on the option that says: “I sign in frequently on this device. Don’t ask me for a code.” Click the Submit button.

You should now see a page with large tiles for each of the folders on your remote PC, including your favorites, your libraries, your entire C drive, your CD/DVD drive, and any network drives. Click on the folder that contains the file you want.

Click on the specific file you wish to view, and it will open full screen. You can also right-click the file. Depending on the type of file it is, you’ll see several choices on the pop-up menu, including Download, Upload to OneDrive, and Properties. When you’re done, simply close the pages that you opened on the remote PC.

For more, check out these other Windows 10 tutorials:

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Written by Laura Schomaker

Office 365 | training

August 29, 2019

Today, I want to take a bit of a departure from our usual ERP centric conversations and give you a quick OneDrive how about a handy feature called Fetch. Because I’m sure we’ve all had at least one experience where it could have come in handy.

We’ve all done it, forgot to bring along an important document for that business meeting or school presentation. You probably have vivid memories of your stomach sinking as you started frantically searching your computer, notebook or flash drive for that all-important file. Find it, and there was an immediate sense of relief. Don’t, and you had no choice but to rebuild it hurriedly before your deadline struck. No matter which way your story ended, I’m sure the experience made you double check your files are always exactly where you need them to be.

Still, no matter how prepared you are, the unexpected still happens from time to time. Thankfully, cloud computing, particularly data storage has made the scenario much less likely to ruin your day. Microsoft OneDrive, one of the most popular cloud storage solutions now offers a feature called Fetch. It allows you to access files you stored locally on one computer remotely from another. You can even access information stored on network drives, assuming they are mapped or included in the computer’s libraries. Better yet, Fetch is for much more than moving files from one computer to another. You can also download copies of them to work on, stream videos or watch a slideshow of your photos.

Let’s look at how it works.

OneDrive How to: Fetch Set up

To take advantage of this amazing tool, first you must enable it in your OneDrive account. Doing this is easy.

  1. Make sure you have the OneDrive app installed on your computer.
  2. Click the OneDrive cloud icon in the far right corner of your taskbar.
  3. At the bottom of the window that opens, you will see three icons, the one on the right will be a set of three dots.
  4. Click the three dots. A new pop-up menu will open.
  5. Click “Settings.”
  6. Again, a new window will open.
  7. On the “Settings,” tab in the section labeled, “General,” check the box next to “Let me use OneDrive to Fetch any of my files on this PC.”
  8. Click “OK”
  9. Restart your OneDrive app to complete the set-up process

If you want to access the local files on your Windows 11/10 computer, you can do so easily with the help of OneDrive. There is a simple setting that can set this up for you, as it can mirror your data on the web version of OneDrive. Let’s check out how it can be done on your computer.

Fetch files remotely from Windows PC using the OneDrive website

One of the lesser-known and lesser-used features of OneDrive is the Fetch files feature. One can use the Fetch files feature to access all the files remotely on your PC from another computer by using the OneDrive website. If you have forgotten to upload files to OneDrive but still you can access those files on your PC remotely.

Before getting started, you should know about these things-

  • You should have the OneDrive desktop app on your computer. Otherwise, you cannot enable this feature and use it.
  • You must sign in to your OneDrive account on your computer. Otherwise, it won’t fetch your files.
  • Your computer should be connected to an internet connection all the time.
  • You cannot access network drives with the help of this guide.
  • You need to upload files manually to OneDrive if you want to get store them even after disconnecting this feature.
  • You can access files from multiple computers as long as you are signed in to the same OneDrive account.

If you meet these conditions, proceed and check out the steps.

Use OneDrive to access files on your Windows 11/10 PC

To use OneDrive to access your files on your Windows 11/10 PC, follow these steps-

  1. Open Microsoft OneDrive Settings panel on Windows PC
  2. Enable Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC
  3. Open OneDrive in the browser and verify your account
  4. Start browsing the files in the browser

First, you need to open the OneDrive app and set it up. If you haven’t done it already, you need to sign in to your OneDrive account with valid credentials. After that, click on the Microsoft OneDrive icon that is visible in the system tray, select More and click on the Settings button.

Now make sure that you are on the Settings tab. Here you need to make a tick in the checkbox saying Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC and click the OK button to save the change.

After that, open onedrive.live.com in the browser and click the PCs option that should be visible on your left-hand side. From here, you have to click on your computer name.

You need to go through the “Security check,” and it helps you to protect your computer from unauthorized access. In other words, you need to enter a security code or OTP that should be sent to your registered mobile number or recovery email address. It doesn’t matter whether you enabled the two-step verification or not, you need to perform this step. After that, you can access your computer files in your browser. It shows all the drives, Library folders, etc.

As mentioned earlier, these files are not uploaded to your OneDrive account. If you want to upload a file, you need to select it and choose the Upload to OneDrive option in the top menu bar.

It shows some other options that can be useful to you. For example, if you need to download a file, you can click the Download button. On the other hand, if you want to get the dimension, file size, and other details, you can click on the Properties option.

If you do not want to access your computer files in the browser anymore, or you want to disable it, you can do that too. To get started, you have to open the OneDrive’s Settings page and remove the tick from the “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC” checkbox and save your change as you did earlier.

One can browse that PC and access files remotely, you can download those required files, you can stream video, view photos in a slide-show. One can even access network locations if they are included in the PC’s libraries or mapped as drives.

While accessing the remote PC for the first time, one might have to pass the security check for the Trusted PC and will receive the security code helping protect your computer from unauthorized access.

In some cases, Group Policy on your domain-joined computer may prevent the use of this Fetch file feature, and so the Fetch files settings may be unavailable. One will have to contact the network admin for this.

OneDrive is not fetching files from your PC

If you have followed all these steps, but the OneDrive is showing your computer in the PC’s section while setting it up, you should follow these steps-

  1. Ensure that Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC is checked
  2. Open Registry editor
  3. Delete the Claims key
  4. Restart OneDrive on Windows 10 PC

Make sure that you have turned on the Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC option in the Settings panel. After that, open the Registry Editor and navigate to this path-

Expand the OneDrive folder, and you will see a key called Claims. Right-click on this key and select Delete.

After that, restart the OneDrive app on your Windows PC and go to the Settings panel to ensure that the Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC option is checked.

If not, you need to enable this option and follow the same steps as mentioned earlier.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Written by Laura Schomaker

Office 365 | training

August 29, 2019

Today, I want to take a bit of a departure from our usual ERP centric conversations and give you a quick OneDrive how about a handy feature called Fetch. Because I’m sure we’ve all had at least one experience where it could have come in handy.

We’ve all done it, forgot to bring along an important document for that business meeting or school presentation. You probably have vivid memories of your stomach sinking as you started frantically searching your computer, notebook or flash drive for that all-important file. Find it, and there was an immediate sense of relief. Don’t, and you had no choice but to rebuild it hurriedly before your deadline struck. No matter which way your story ended, I’m sure the experience made you double check your files are always exactly where you need them to be.

Still, no matter how prepared you are, the unexpected still happens from time to time. Thankfully, cloud computing, particularly data storage has made the scenario much less likely to ruin your day. Microsoft OneDrive, one of the most popular cloud storage solutions now offers a feature called Fetch. It allows you to access files you stored locally on one computer remotely from another. You can even access information stored on network drives, assuming they are mapped or included in the computer’s libraries. Better yet, Fetch is for much more than moving files from one computer to another. You can also download copies of them to work on, stream videos or watch a slideshow of your photos.

Let’s look at how it works.

OneDrive How to: Fetch Set up

To take advantage of this amazing tool, first you must enable it in your OneDrive account. Doing this is easy.

  1. Make sure you have the OneDrive app installed on your computer.
  2. Click the OneDrive cloud icon in the far right corner of your taskbar.
  3. At the bottom of the window that opens, you will see three icons, the one on the right will be a set of three dots.
  4. Click the three dots. A new pop-up menu will open.
  5. Click “Settings.”
  6. Again, a new window will open.
  7. On the “Settings,” tab in the section labeled, “General,” check the box next to “Let me use OneDrive to Fetch any of my files on this PC.”
  8. Click “OK”
  9. Restart your OneDrive app to complete the set-up process

One of those small, forgotten, but occasionally useful features is leaving Windows: OneDrive’s Fetch function is dead as of July 31.

It’s a consequence of Microsoft’s worldview, and its evolving approach toward files of all stripes. Fetch allowed you to download a file from a remote PC you either owned or had access to, just like a website or server. Microsoft, of course, believes that files should be stored on its servers, namely OneDrive.

Microsoft made the announcement in a support document detailing Fetch, which has made its way around the Internet via Born’s IT and Windows Blog.

“After July 31, 2020, you will no longer be able to fetch files from your PC. However, you can sync files and folders to OneDrive and then access those files from your web browser or your phone,” Microsoft’s support document says. “To automatically sync the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders on your PC, you can turn on OneDrive PC folder backup.”

Part of a new PC’s out-of-the-box experience asks you to sync your folders with OneDrive—by default, they’re Pictures, Documents, and the Desktop. You can add other folders as well. Microsoft offers some free storage as part of your Windows license and OneDrive, but it’s only 5GB of storage. If you own a Microsoft 365 license, as Microsoft encourages you to do, you’ll receive a “free” terabyte of OneDrive storage as part of your paid OneDrive subscription—but that costs at least $70 per year for a Microsoft 365 Personal license.

Fetch offered a klugey, though real, way to avoid paying for OneDrive. If you had a spare Windows 7/8.1/10 PC that was on and active, you could (and still can, for now) set OneDrive to allow you to fetch files stored on that PC’s local drive or attached storage, as long as you were signed into your Microsoft account on both machines and the PC was on, and running. (You can still access it by clicking the OneDrive icon on the Taskbar, then clicking the Settings heading to get the menu screen below.) It was a quick-and-dirty Windows way of establishing a PC as a server.

Retooling an old PC as a remote server is probably a lost art these days, as more and more content is simply streamed somewhere from the web. Still, it’s a useful function that’s going away at the end of the month.

OneDrive is a love it or hate it affair. Some like it for its robustness and tight integration in Windows 10 while others consider it as Microsoft’s attempt to take a sneak peek into their latest holiday photos.

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For the people in the former camp, today we are going to see one of OneDrive’s nifty feature which is very useful.

What is it?

Ever been in a situation where you needed some files which are stored on your PC? We all have been there. The usual answer to this is Remote Desktop or Shared Folders. But those are way too complicated solutions. Setting up RD to access just some files is like bringing a gun to a knife fight. There needs to be a simpler solution and OneDrive’s Universal access feature, which allows you access your all PC files from anywhere, is it.

You can browse all the files, folders partitions, including any external USB and HDDs attached. Moreover if you have any other PCs mapped as network locations, those also can be accessed. Of course your PC should be ON and connected to the internet, with OneDrive app running in the background.

Enable Universal Access

If you don’t have OneDrive installed, download it from here and install it. After it’s installed, sign-in with your Microsoft account.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Open OneDrive settings by right-clicking the OneDrive icon on the taskbar, in lower-right corner of the screen, and click on Settings.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Under the Settings tab, check the Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of the files on this PC. Don’t panic, this will not upload all your PCs files to Microsoft’s servers. None of your files are uploaded and this will not count against your cloud storage.

As this will only work if OneDrive is running, also check the box for Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows, and click OK.

Accessing Your PC Files

Once you have enabled the above option, open the OneDrive website and login with your credentials.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

On the left side column, under all your folders, there will be names of PCs linked with OneDrive. Click on your PC (the one on which you enabled access above) and all your files should load. For users with two factor authentication enabled, you need to enter a onetime code sent to your mobile.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

You can browse the files from the web app only, in any browser and on any platform. Weirdly this feature is not available in the mobile app of OneDrive.

You can also access files on Windows PC using a Mac, but the other way is not possible. Similarly this feature is only available on Windows 10. If you get error of PC not being able to connect, unlink OneDrive from that PC and re-link it.

Cool Tip: Convinced yourself that you don’t want to use OneDrive at all? Our guide for making your PC OneDrive free might come in handy.

Closing Thoughts

File sharing, while definitely not a new thing, is complicated to set up in Windows. OneDrive makes it easy and you don’t have to fiddle with folder permissions or network location settings. Do drop in at our discussion forums to share your views and ideas.

Last updated on 10 February, 2022

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How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

While OneDrive is primarily used for cloud file storage, it also includes a handy feature that lets you remotely access any of the files stored on your PC. Or at least this is the case for the next couple of weeks.

When the end of July rolls around, Microsoft is killing off the ability to “fetch files” from a connected computer. Instead, users will have to explicitly specify which files and folders they want to synchronize and be able to access.

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The Fetch file feature has long made it possible to access all of the files stored on a PC via the OneDrive website. In addition to this, it also allows for access to network locations and mapped drives. But come July 31, none of this will be possible.

On the OneDrive support page, Microsoft says:

After July 31, 2020, you will no longer be able to fetch files from your PC. However, you can sync files and folders to OneDrive and then access those files from your web browser or your phone. To automatically sync the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders on your PC, you can turn on OneDrive PC folder backup.

Microsoft has given no reason for its decision to kill off this useful feature, and the company also hasn’t done a great deal to advertise the fact that it is being retired. It’s mere speculation, but we can only assume that a low level of usage is to blame.

The OneDrive can store folders and files, and it is an important part of Microsoft on Windows 10. You can use it to save many folders and also you can get into it to look up anywhere and share it. Save your files there and you’ll be able to get to them from any PC, tablet, or phone. Here’s what you need to know about OneDrive in Windows 10.

How to Access Online OneDrive on Windows 10?

If you want to use OneDrive on Windows 10, you should register a Microsoft account first. And then you can head to a website. What is the OneDrive URL? Here you can enter OneDrive from this link: : https://onedrive.live.com

After you log in with your Microsoft account, you can manage your files and folders with Online OneDrive.

How to Manage Office Files on Online OneDrive?

Upload Files

Here you can use many ways to upload the important files online and then share with others.

The first one: you can open your folders from your PC and choose one file or folder. Then you can drag it to the Files window directly.

The second one: click the upload on this window, next you can open the file or folder to get that you want.

Manage Files

If you want to manage your files, you can select one. Then you will get into this window. On the top, there are some settings. Or you can click right-hand to do it.

If you’d like to share it with others, you can click Share. Then you can choose the person or place you want to share.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you don’t want to use this name, you can also rename it as you like. And move it or copy it to other folders for your convenience.

Photos

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Here you can find all the photos you uploaded. And you can know more information about the photos here, such as, where it is from and when it is saved in your folder. If you upload photos here, you can also see them on Files item.

Shared

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you want to know what you shared before, you should click the Shared item. You can still copy, move, edit, rename, share, and delete anything in the folder.

Recycle bin

The recycle bin is a place that you can the flies or other things you deleted before. If you delete one by mistake, you can find them here. Then you can select the items you need to restore.

If you think these items occupy the space, you can empty the recycle bin. Or you can delete the items you do not need.

Here you can also know that the detailed information of the items. You can know when it is deleted and uploaded.

Learn more

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you want to manage more or know more about OneDrive, you can click Learn more.

Manage storage

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Here you can know the storage used. You can upload files up to 5GB.

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How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Its storage is free for 5GB. But if you have much more folders or files that need to be saved here. You can give a premium for its storage. It is $99.99/year for the5TB total. But you buy it for $9.99/month. It is $69.99/year for 1TB, and you can buy it for $6.99/month.

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How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Here you can reset the default file format for office document you create. But it only applies to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files. Choose the one you need, and click Save.

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How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you want to tag your photos by theme automatically, you can select Yes. It will help you to organize your photos.

If you’d like to do it by yourself, you can select No. Then click Save.

This article can help you to upload files, manage files and to know about other settings of online OneDrive on Windows 10.

Without complicated networking setup or syncing, you can access all Windows drives and files over the internet using OneDrive. Here’s how to do it.

OneDrive is one of my favorites when it comes to cloud storage. In fact, I use it daily for my personal needs like media and document backup and synchronization between devices. For instance, my entire work folder is synced with OneDrive so that I can access the documents, screenshots, and notes on the device of my choice.

In addition to that, OneDrive can also be used to access your entire Windows file system or drives over the internet on any device. All you have to do is enable a single option and you will be able to get your hands on any file in your system on the OneDrive web app regardless of in which drive the target file is located. Now, don’t confuse it with syncing all the drives. It is just a live remote connection from other devices to your computer via OneDrive.

So, without further ado, let me show how you can configure OneDrive to access your Windows drives over the internet.

Before proceeding:

  1. OneDrive desktop application should be installed on your system. If OneDrive is uninstalled, reinstall OneDrive.
  2. To access all your Windows drives over the internet, the system should be running and connected to the internet.
  3. In addition to the second point, OneDrive should be running too.
  4. This method doesn’t give access to network drives.
  5. I only ever tried this on Windows 10. I don’t know if it works on Windows 7 or 8. However, I don’t see why it shouldn’t work. So, do follow the steps and see if it works for you on older versions of Windows.

Steps to Access PC Files Over Internet Using OneDrive

1. First, open OneDrive if it is not already opened. You can open it by searching for it in the start menu.

2. After opening, click on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar, click on the Menu icon (three horizontal dots) and then select the “Settings” option.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

3. As soon as you click on the settings option a new window will open. Here, go to the “Settings” tab and select the “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC” checkbox. Click on the “Ok” button to save changes. How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

You are now done with configuring the OneDrive desktop application. You can now start accessing all your files in any drive via the OneDrive web app. Let me guide you.

Access File on OneDrive Web App

4. Open the browser of your choice and go to the OneDrive website and log into your account. Once logged in, click on the “PCs” option on the left panel. How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

5. The page will reload and you will see your computer name under the “PCs” tab. If you have multiple PCs with the above option configured, you will see all those listed here. Click on your PC name. How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

6. Since this is your first time, you might be asked to authenticate yourself using the account password or two-factor pin. Click on the “Sign in with security code” link to do that. How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

7. Once you authenticate yourself, you will see all the library folders and drives.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

8. Compared to the other parts of the OneDrive web app, the PC files page is a bit outdated but it works just fine. You can open any drive or folder you want and access the files in it. How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

9. One of the simple yet useful features is that you can see the folder and file properties by selecting the file and click on the “i” icon on the top-right corner. How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

10. If need be, you can even download the file by right-clicking on the file and selecting the “Download” option. When you click on the Download option, the file is instantly uploaded directly from your PC and download to your current PC. The file isn’t being synced to your OneDrive account.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Wrapping Up

As you can see, OneDrive makes it quite easy to access PC files over the internet without any complicated networking stuff. Keep in mind that it has its limitations. For example, though you can access and download from the target PC over the internet, you cannot upload them to the PC.

That being said, it still is very useful.

Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

Audrey Goodwin

Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud-based file storage service offered by the maker of Windows and Office. You can easily upload files to OneDrive and access them from anywhere due to its cross-platform and OS-agnostic design. It is deeply integrated with Microsoft’s other Software as a Service (SaaS) products in the Microsoft 365 ecosystem, which comprises various tools in an entirely cloud-based environment. Once you upload a folder to OneDrive, or even a single file, you can then perform a host of other actions. The upload file in OneDrive process is described in detail in the sections below.

How to Upload a File to OneDrive

The OneDrive uploader is integrated with File Explorer in windows, which means you upload documents to OneDrive directly from your desktop once you set that up. You can also use it in your browser using your Microsoft account in case you’re not on a Windows computer. That’s the advantage of having the multi-terminal capability.

If you want to save a file or upload a folder to OneDrive on your desktop, follow the process shown below:

1. Open File Explorer and click the OneDrive icon in the pane on the left side.

2. You can either toggle between this window and another File Explorer window or just snap them side-by-side to move files.

3. When using the toggle method, use Alt+Tab to switch to the File Explorer window where your file is located, then copy it. Toggle back to the window where you chose the OneDrive folder and paste the file there.

4. If you’re using the side-by-side method, simply drag the file from the File Explorer location to OneDrive and drop it there.

To use the browser version, log in to your Microsoft account on the OneDrive website and follow the steps shown here.

1. The default view is the My Files folder. You can add subfolders here or upload a file directly to this virtual location.

2. To upload a file to OneDrive or upload a folder, use the Upload button to select the appropriate option.

3. In the File Explorer dialog box, choose the file(s) or folder and click OK to upload to OneDrive.

Note: You can upload large files to OneDrive, but always keep your storage limit in mind. The free 5GB plan is useful, but if you have a lot of large files to be saved, especially video and other media files, you may need to upgrade to the 1TB plan or higher.

Advanced Actions After Uploading files to OneDrive

Once you have finished your OneDrive upload, there are several things you can do:

● View and Edit – Simply click on a file to open it in a new tab using the corresponding cloud application, such as Word for Office 365 (Word Online) and so on.

● When you select a file by clicking the circle on the top right corner of the file icon, you’ll see several options in the top toolbar:

● Open online or offline – Choose between Word Online
● Share – Send a link with specific permissions – view, edit, etc.
● Download – Save a cloud file to your local drive
● Delete – Remove a file from the cloud
● Move To – Change the folder location within OneDrive
● Copy To – Create a copy in a different OneDrive location
● Rename – Change the file name
● Embed – Generate an HTML code to embed the file on a web page
● Version history – Check older versions and restore or download them

OneDrive gives you the flexibility to leverage Windows applications offline as well as online. That means you can work virtually from anywhere regardless of whether the system is Windows, Mac, Linux, or another platform. This multi-terminal feature makes it ideal for all types of remote work, including the work-from-home model. Users can collaborate on files, comment, and use all the related apps available with a Microsoft 365 account.

How to Upload Files using Wondershare Document Cloud

A great alternative to an expensive OneDrive plan is to use Wondershare Document Cloud, a dedicated cloud storage and electronic signature service for PDF documents. Most companies use PDF for official documentation, and the e-signature feature makes it more attractive for business users because of the security and convenience of having two services bundled into one. If you’re looking for an ideal cloud service to store PDFs and manage your signature workflows, this is the perfect tool for it.

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Upload File to Document Cloud – How To

1. Create a free Wondershare Document Cloud account or use your existing Wondershare ID to log in. This could be your registered credentials for PDFelement, Filmora, or any other software from Wondershare.

2. In the Home tab, which is your default view, you’ll see a button that says Upload Files. Click that.

3. Now navigate to your local folder where the file is saved and select it for upload. Click OK or Open depending on whether you’re using Windows or Mac.

4. Under Recent Document Activity, you’ll be able to see your uploaded PDF file.

What Can I Do with Uploaded Files in Document Cloud?

Once your files are on the cloud, you can access them from any computer with an Internet connection and a modern browser. When you need to perform an action on one of the files, you can use one of the options below after clicking the three horizontal dots against the file name:

● Open and View – You can use this option to preview the file and see if any changes need to be made.
● Download for editing – This option is for saving files to your local drive so they can be edited or shared.
● Rename and Delete – These options let you alter the filename or remove the file completely from the cloud. This is useful if you want to free up some storage capacity.
● Signature Option 1: Send for Signature – If you need multiple people to sign the same copy of a document, you can use this option.
● Signature Option 2: Bulk Send – If you need individual signatures from many people on several copies of a document, use this option.
● Dashboard View – Use this view to see what documents are awaiting signing from other users or yourself and which have been completed.

Wondershare Document Cloud on your Desktop PC

In the Windows version of PDFelement Pro DC, which is the desktop PDF editor from Wondershare, both cloud storage access and electronic signature access have been integrated into the product. Once you download and install PDFelement Pro DC on your Windows PC, you can execute the following actions:

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How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Sometimes, you may just forget putting that important file on your flash drive. Thanks to big tech companies, this problem is of history now.

In today’s article, we will try to show you how to set up your OneDrive for remote access to your files.

How it works

For the process to work, your PC must be turned on, with an internet connection and the OneDrive app running. If one of them is absent, you won’t be able to reach your files.

After you are done with the necessary configuration, you can reach your files using the web browser. You can read and download your files, but you cannot upload anything on your PC.

Setting the OneDrive

First, right click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar click on the Settings at the window that appears.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Another window will open, navigate to the tab named Settings and check the little box next to the line that says “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files in this PC” then click on OK.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

After that, you need to restart the OneDrive app on your PC. When you are done go to onedrive.live.com and sign into your account. On the left, you will see a directory called PCs. From there, you can reach the files in the PCs you have completed the same process.

You may be asked for a security code before reaching your files online.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Now you are all done and ready to deliver the thesis you worked so hard on to your teacher.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Sometimes, you may just forget putting that important file on your flash drive. Thanks to big tech companies, this problem is of history now.

In today’s article, we will try to show you how to set up your OneDrive for remote access to your files.

How it works

For the process to work, your PC must be turned on, with an internet connection and the OneDrive app running. If one of them is absent, you won’t be able to reach your files.

After you are done with the necessary configuration, you can reach your files using the web browser. You can read and download your files, but you cannot upload anything on your PC.

Setting the OneDrive

First, right click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar click on the Settings at the window that appears.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Another window will open, navigate to the tab named Settings and check the little box next to the line that says “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files in this PC” then click on OK.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

After that, you need to restart the OneDrive app on your PC. When you are done go to onedrive.live.com and sign into your account. On the left, you will see a directory called PCs. From there, you can reach the files in the PCs you have completed the same process.

You may be asked for a security code before reaching your files online.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Now you are all done and ready to deliver the thesis you worked so hard on to your teacher.

How to use wget to download files from Onedrive? (and batch files and entire folders, if possible)

8 Answers 8

Update on APRIL 2021: It looks like this solution NO LONGER WORKS WITH ONEDRIVE FOR BUSINESS.

There is one way that works for me (based on How to Make Direct Link of OneDrive Files)

Right-click on the file you are interested in download (from web interface), and choose Embed.

Press “Generate HTML code to embed this file”.

Copy the part contained in the “” of src is your link. This will look like .

Feed it to wget using following syntax (the quotes are required):

Using Chrome (but Firefox will probably also work).

  1. Open DevTools
  2. Click the Download button.
  3. Download but cancel immediately
  4. Open the ‘Network’ tab in DevTools. Search for ‘Zip?authKey=’ in DevTools and open it (click). This is a POST request.
  5. Click ‘View source’ to the right of ‘Form data’ at the bottom.
  6. Construct the command as follows:

This even works on a different host (with a different IP address).

generate a sharing link and append “&download=1” to the end of it.

Also, we can use CurlWget I already tried on OneDrive and Google Drive

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you are looking to download an entire publicly shared folder (without auth!): OneDeath

It uses wget to do some API calls and will then recursively download files. Bonus: sha1 checks of finished files.

Sharepoint is now also supported, but it’s a little trickier (it currently fetches more files from a drive than what is shown by the link). A major problem was a slightly different API structure and the fact that the session token expires after 1h, but it’s solved too. They also appear to have some rate-limiting in place, so don’t start too many parallel downloads.

The script can extract ready-to-use wget commands using the -w parameter.

PS: If you are interested to know more about the web API, I will give a run down of the process.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Here’s a look at some of the different ways you can remotely control a computer remotely when you need to get a file or perform some troubleshooting.

When connecting from one device to another remotely, there are several ways to go about it. Here’s a look at some of the different ways you can remotely control a computer remotely when you need to get a file or perform some troubleshooting.

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

RDP is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft that allows you to access your PCs over the internet and has been around since XP Pro. For example, you might need to grab a file or do maintenance on a computer or server at work or home. There are several ways to access your computers from virtually anywhere remotely you have a network connection.

Do note that you can remote into a Home version of Windows; however, you need Pro to remote to another PC. If you’re on a Home version of Windows, you should check out the third-party options below.

If you are running Windows 10, you can use the traditional desktop app or the Universal RDP app. Check out any of the following articles for more detailed information:

It’s also worth noting that if you’re on a slow or metered connection, there are steps you can take to make the remote experience faster.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

If you’re on a slow internet connection, you can change graphic settings to speed up the experience.

Also, if you need to grab a file from your PC, you can use the OneDrive Fetch feature to get local files remotely. For more information on that and to set it up, check out our article on how to remote access files with OneDrive Fetch.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Remote Desktop from Mobile Devices

Sometimes while away from home or the office, you need a file while on the go. Hopefully, you’ve saved the file into your Dropbox or Onedrive folder. If not, however, you need to be able to access your computer remotely.

Luckily there are many ways you can remote into your PC at home or the office.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

Accessing a remote computer via your mobile phone has become much easier.

Third-party Remote Desktop Apps

There are plenty of third-party apps and services out there to choose from. Some are free and Open Source, and others that offer more features for a price. One of our favorite services for desktop sharing, meetings, and remote assistance is Join.me. However, unlike TeamViewer (see below), Join.me requires someone on the other side of the keyboard to either host or join your meeting. Not a great solution to grab files remotely; however, it works awesome if you need to remotely see someone’s screen and take control of the mouse to help them with something.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

TeamViewer is honestly the King of remote access. It’s available for both Mac and Windows, and it’s 100% free for personal use and; its feature set is incredible. Check out our full review of the app for more details but suffice it to say, it’s my de-facto tool for remote access.

It’s also a great option for those times when you’re outside of the house since it allows you to make the connection to your home box on the other side of a firewall. Again, perfect for getting access to that work machine or home box no matter where you are on the planet. Oh, and did I mention the mobile app can be used to remote into your Mac or Windows box? Yes, that’s why I call it the king of remote access.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

TeamViewer is a third-party app that allows screen sharing, remote access, and team meetings.

With so many remote desktop and sharing abilities, you can connect to your home or office PC from virtually anywhere. All you need is a computer or mobile device, an internet connection, and the right software and security.

What are your favorite ways to remote into a computer or share your screen with another user? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

I’ve been searching and searching but with no luck. Is there a way to use Excel VBA to import master file data from another excel workbook saved in OneDrive?

Thanks in advance.

1 Answer 1

A.) If you have an excel workbook that is stored locally on your PC but inside your OneDrive sync-ed folder.Then you can use following VBA code to approach one drive file. Once file is available there are many routines already on SO to import data.

B.) FETCH FILES If you have the OneDrive desktop app for Windows installed on a PC, you can use the Fetch files feature to access all your files on that PC from another computer by going to the OneDrive website. You can even access network locations if they’re included in the PC’s libraries or mapped as drives. When you browse a PC’s files remotely, you can download copies of them to work on. You can also stream video and view photos in a slide show. To access files on your PC remotely, make sure the PC you want to access is turned on and connected to the Internet. OneDrive also needs to be running on that PC, and the Fetch files setting must be selected. For further Details please refer Fetch files on your PC

C.) FIle on ShareOint – VBA aopproach If your file is on SharePoint. OneDrive doesn’t sync the shared files to the local and sync. In such case VBA code is available on SO VBA download a File from OneDrive by @Sid29

D.)REST APIs – Microsoft Graph Another situation is elaborated in the following paragraph which uses API.

The OneDrive REST API is a portion of the Microsoft Graph API which allows your app to connect to content stored in OneDrive and SharePoint. The REST API is shared between OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint document libraries, and Office Groups, to allow your app the flexibility to read and store content in any of these locations with the same code.

These REST APIs are a part of the Microsoft Graph, a common API for Microsoft services.

For existing solutions using OneDrive API outside of Microsoft Graph, or solutions targeting SharePoint Server 2016, see direct endpoint differences for more context on reading this documentation. OneDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Graph

You can use Remote Desktop to connect to Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, Windows 8.1 and 8 Enterprise and Pro, Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate, and Windows Server versions newer than Windows Server 2008. You can’t connect to computers running a Home edition (like Windows 10 Home).
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Does Windows 10 Home have remote access? Can Windows 10 Home use Remote Desktop? The components and service for RDP server, which make the remote connection possible, is available in Windows 10 Home as well. However, the feature is disabled or blocked on the Home version.

How can I access my computer remotely?

Just follow these steps:

  1. On the computer you want to access remotely, click the Start menu and search for “allow remote access”.
  2. On your remote computer, go to the Start button and search for “Remote Desktop”.
  3. Click “Connect.” Log in with the username and password you use on your home computer to gain access.

How do I connect to a computer remotely?

Open the web app on the computer you want to access remotely, and click Remote Access in the top right on the first screen. That will take you to a page that says “Set up remote access.” Click Turn on, then give your computer a name and a PIN (you’ll need that to access it).

How do I enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10?

Set up the PC you want to connect to so it allows remote connections:

  1. Make sure you have Windows 10 Pro.
  2. When you’re ready, select Start > Settings > System > Remote Desktop, and turn on Enable Remote Desktop.
  3. Make note of the name of this PC under How to connect to this PC.

How do I enable Remote Desktop on Windows 10?

How to allow RDP connections on Windows 10 using Settings

  1. Open Settings on a Windows 10 device and select “System”.
  2. Click “Remote Desktop”.
  3. Toggle the “Enable Remote Desktop” switch to “On”.
  4. Hit “Confirm”.

How do I setup Remote Desktop on Windows 10?

To enable remote desktop windows 10 Home (RDC), follow these steps accordingly:

  1. Hit Start.
  2. Type in remote settings into the Cortana search box.
  3. Click Allow remote pc access to your computer.
  4. From the System Properties, click the Remote tab.
  5. Select Allow remote desktop connections to this computer.

Do you need Windows 10 Pro for Remote Desktop?

Note: While a Remote Desktop server (as in, the PC that you are connecting to) needs to be running a Pro edition of Windows, a client machine (the device you are connecting from) can be running any edition of Windows (Pro or Home), or even a different operating system altogether.

Can Windows 10 Home RDP to Windows 10 pro?

You are correct, with a Windows 10 home edition you can remote into other PC’s but you cannot remote into it.

How do I remotely access a Windows 10 computer?

You can follow the step-by-step guide below to set up remote file access using OneDrive:

  1. Locate the OneDrive icon in your taskbar.
  2. Right-click on the icon.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click on the Settings tab.
  5. Mark the checkbox next to Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Restart the OneDrive app.

How can I remotely access my computer for free?

To help, I’d recommend using a remote desktop software. With free, freemium, and commercial options on the market, you can remotely access another computer from your own—or even from a mobile device.
5 FREE Remote Desktop Software

  1. Chrome Remote Desktop.
  2. Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  3. RemotePC.
  4. UltraVNC.
  5. Remote Utilities.

How can I access my computer from anywhere?

Just follow these steps:

  1. On the computer you want to access remotely, click the Start menu and search for “allow remote access”.
  2. On your remote computer, go to the Start button and search for “Remote Desktop”.
  3. Click “Connect.” Log in with the username and password you use on your home computer to gain access.

How do I enable Remote Desktop Connection?

How to enable Remote Desktop

  1. On the device you want to connect to, select Start and then click the Settings icon on the left.
  2. Select the System group followed by the Remote Desktop item.
  3. Use the slider to enable Remote Desktop.
  4. It is also recommended to keep the PC awake and discoverable to facilitate connections.

The following samples are available on GitHub in the OneDrive organization. All of our samples are licensed under the MIT license and are open source projects.

Additional samples for the Microsoft Graph are available from the Microsoft Graph organization on GitHub.

File handlers

  • Markdown file handlers An ASP.NET MVC app that allows a rich preview and edit experience for Markdown text files from OneDrive and SharePoint using File Handlers 2.0

Windows / .NET

OneDrive Explorer (Windows/C#) A Windows Forms application to browse the OneDrive.

OneDrive Photo Browser (Windows/C#) An example Universal Windows App that uses the Microsoft Graph SDK to browse images from a user’s OneDrive or OneDrive for Business.

Data Robot Azure Function An example ASP.NET MVC application and Azure Function to handle webhook notifications and data collaboration in Excel files.

JavaScript

OneDrive Explorer (JavaScript) An HTML explorer for the OneDrive API. Highlights using the OneDrive API from a single page web application.

OneDrive Text Editor (JavaScript) An example application that uses the OneDrive file picker and Microsoft Graph API to open, edit, and save text files from OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

File picker for JavaScript Connect your JavaScript web application or website to open and save files with OneDrive without writing any user interface code.

ASP.NET MVC

OneDrive Webhooks Example An ASP.NET MVC app that demonstrates how to use OneDrive webhooks to receive change notifications from OneDrive and retrieve files that have changed.

Markdown file handlers An ASP.NET MVC app that allows a rich preview and edit experience for Markdown text files from OneDrive and SharePoint using File Handlers 2.0

Data Robot Azure Function An example ASP.NET MVC application and Azure Function to handle webhook notifications and data collaboration in Excel files.

Office Add-ins

  • Outlook add-in for OneDrive sharing Share OneDrive files directly from Outlook and manage permissions on sharing links using the OneDrive API and an Outlook add-in.

Apple iOS

OneDrive Explorer (Objective-C) An iOS application to browse files using OneDrive API.

OneDrive Sync Sample (Swift) An example application using the delta API to retrieve changes from the server and keep client state in sync.

Android

OneDrive Explorer (Android) This sample illustrates basic concepts for interacting with the OneDrive API from an Android application.

File picker for Android Connect your Android app to OneDrive with a few lines of code. No need to use the API or build a user interface.

How to remotely fetch any file on your pc with onedrive

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OneDrive migration tool provides users with an option to transfer OneDrive for business data from one Domain to another securely. You don’t need to impersonate Admin account for both domains. This advanced software only requires a simple application registration process in Azure AD and some API permissions.

Once you have succesfully registered this application and provided required permissions, then you don’t have to provide credentials for OneDrive accounts. You just have to enter Microsoft 365 Admin ID and Application ID and the software will fetch and migrate various accounts simultaneously.

Migrate Single User OneDrive Data

With Single User option, the user can carry out three different types of migration that are:

Single User to Single User OneDrive Migration: One can transfer OneDrive data such as photos, videos, audio, documents, text files, etc. from OneDrive single user to another single user associated with OneDrive.

Single User to Business User OneDrive Migration: With this option, one can easily move data from Single User to Business User OneDrive account in just a few clicks.

Business User to Single User OneDrive Migration: This option permits the user to move OneDrive Business user’s account data to single OneDrive user’s account without any data loss or security issues.

What All You Can Migrate Using OneDrive for Business Migration Tool

All Files: One can easily export photos, audio, video, DOC, TXT, PDF, etc. from old OneDrive account to the new OneDrive account in a seamless way.

Permission: Sometimes, the user implements Read / Write permissions on the documents. With OneDrive to OneDrive migration tool you can move documents with permissions. For this, the user just need to enable Migrate Document Permissions option under Workload Selection window.

Metadata: The software also maintains the metadata associated with OneDrive documents while migrating them from OneDrive to another OneDrive account.

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OneDrive for Business is a secure cloud-based solution for convenient telecommuting, remote access and private file sharing. Indeed, files stored on OneDrive are private by default: Users control access to the files they upload, so they can be seen by other employees only if they have been shared by the OneDrive owner. Even users with Global Administrator access cannot access files unless the OneDrive account holder has granted them the appropriate permissions.

This lack of access to employees’ OneDrive repositories poses issues for administrators trying to ensure data security. This document explains how you can gain access when required, as well as how data classification will enable you to improve security and regulatory compliance across the IT environment, including OneDrive.

Getting Access to OneDrive for Business

There are various reasons OneDrive for Business administration teams, security pros and managers need access to employees’ OneDrive from time to time:

  • Controlling access settings to sensitive documents and files
  • Allowing file retrieval when an employee leaves the organization
  • Meeting data privacy regulations, such as GDPR and CCPA
  • Completing eDiscovery requests related to legal proceedings
  • Ensuring employee compliance with company policies around data usage

The good news is that there are three ways IT teams can gain access to the OneDrive files and folders of active users when necessary:

  • Via the Microsoft 365 Admin Center
  • Via the SharePoint Online Admin Center
  • Using PowerShell

Configuring Access to One Drive Files via the Microsoft 365 Admin Center

As long as you are a licensed Microsoft 365 Global Administrator, you can take ownership of a user’s OneDrive by following these steps:

  1. Log into the Microsoft 365 Admin Center for your tenant.
  2. Select the OneDrive user whose files you need.
  3. Scroll down to OneDrive Settings.
  4. Click Access Files and grant yourself administrator privileges in the OneDrive settings.
  5. Click the hyperlink to open OneDrive in your browser to access the user’s OneDrive as a secondary administrator.

Configuring Access to Files via the SharePoint Online Admin Center

An administrator can use the SharePoint Online Admin Center to transfer ownership of a OneDrive or control user access to OneDrive, as follows:

  1. Open the “more features” page in the SharePoint Admin Center and sign in with an account that has admin permissions.
  2. Under User Profiles, select Open.
  3. Under People, select Manage User Profiles.
  4. Enter the user’s name and click Find.
  5. Right-click on the user’s name and select Manage Site Collection Owners.
  1. Add a secondary admin in the Site Collection Administrators

Configuring Site Collection Administrator Access to Files via PowerShell Cmdlets

Each user is the SharePoint Site Collection Administrator for their own OneDrive for Business location. However, administrators can configure site collection owners through PowerShell by using the following script:

Data Classification Adds Protection to OneDrive for Business Repositories

Of course, ensuring that you can gain access to a user’s OneDrive data when required is not sufficient for security and compliance. Any employee’s OneDrive for Business repositories may contain regulated or business-critical data that must be properly controlled by the organization at all times. One of the best ways to gain that control is to use data classification.

Data classification is the process of categorizing and tagging data so it can be easily accessed and protected. Effective data classification enables you to know exactly where sensitive data is stored, so you can apply appropriate security controls around it. For example, if you see that GDPR-regulated information is stored in a particular user’s OneDrive folder, you can raise a red flag and make sure that data is moved to an approved repository. Even better would be a data classification solution that continuously monitors for such violations and automates the remediation process.

Native Data Classification Processes

Organizations have several native options for classifying data across their networks:

  • Automated processes, which include keyword-based searching and using sensitive information types
  • Manual options, which include applying labels based on administration configurations

Both of these options involve multiple steps that employees must replicate across dozens or hundreds of file types and data sources. In short, they are time-consuming, repetitive and complicated processes that are highly prone to error. Moreover, busy security professionals are already stretched thin, so these critical tasks simply do not get done at all.

Additional issues with native tools include the following:

  • This functionality isn’t available across all subscription plans.
  • Only Office files are supported.
  • Labels are not easy to customize,
  • Structured data is not supported.
  • Support for third-party applications and systems is very limited.

Netwrix Provides a Smart Data Classification Solution

Netwrix Data Classification offers a better approach. It all starts with built-in taxonomies for common types of sensitive data, such as GDPR and financial data, along with a flexible taxonomy manager that empowers you to easily modify those taxonomies or create your own to meet your specific business needs. Those taxonomies are used to automatically classify data across the entire IT environment — structured and unstructured data stored on premises or in the cloud, including content in users’ OneDrive for Business repositories. Compound term search and other advanced features ensure highly accurate and reliable classification results.

In addition, Netwrix Data Classification reports on where sensitive data is located and who has access to that data, so you can ensure that data is stored only in secure locations and is accessible only by authorized personnel. The platform even offers automated remediation workflows that automatically move vulnerable data to a safe quarantine area, and alerting on critical changes to your data.