Share SkyDrive files using shortened links


Microsoft is continuously adding features to SkyDrive service to improve its use-ability. Custom URL shortening feature in the form of for sharing SkyDrive files is latest addition. Microsoft has collaborated with shortening service to provide custom shortening service exclusively for SkyDrive users. It supports all the goodness of service including ability to track click statistics by adding + sign at the end of shortened URL.

Generate & use shortening service in SkyDrive

1. Open SkyDrive website at (or URL. Then enter your account details to login into your SkyDrive account for accessing files.

2. Click to select (with tick mark) file that you want to share. Then click on Share button on right side under sharing options.

3. In the pop-up window, click on Get a link tab button on the left side. Then click on Create link button to continue. Here you can create file sharing link with view only or view and edit rights.

4. You should see original long link (in URL format). For easier sharing, click on shorten button next to displayed URL.

Original link will be automatically shortened in format, which for sure is more easy to share. Similarly, you can generate format shortened link for any document or file stored in your SkyDrive account. It is easy to remember shortened file links and makes sharing quicker.

Video: Creating short links for SkyDrive files service also has Facebook open graph support which means while sharing links on Facebook – you should see cool thumbnail preview images along with brief description text.


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