OneDrive: Adding Shared Folders to the OneDrive Desktop Application


This article provides instructions on how to add a shared folder to the My files section of your OneDrive to make them easier to access and work with.



When someone shares a folder with you, you can view it under the Shared tab of the OneDrive Web application ( If you have edit permissions to those shared folders, you can add them to the My files section of your OneDrive to make them easier to access and work with.

Although this feature is not available for shared individual files, you can synchronize shared folders to your OneDrive desktop application by creating a shortcut to your My Files section.

Note: This option is not available for shared individual files or images. You can view these shared items using the OneDrive Web applications.


Task: To add a shared folder to the My files section of OneDrive.



Step 1 - Log in to and select the OneDrive Web application (cloud icon).

Step 2 - Click on the Shared tab on the left.

Step 3 - Hover over the folder you would like to synchronize, and click on the 3 dots to access the drop-down menu.

Step 4 - Click Add Shortcut to My Files.

Step 5 - You may see a pop-up in the top right indicating Added 1 Shortcut to My Files.

Step 6 - Click on the My Files tab on the left, confirm you can view the folder there.



In the OneDrive desktop application, your folder appears with a link icon indicating it’s a linked folder shortcut. You can still copy, move, edit, rename and delete anything in the folder.


Further Readings

OneDrive: Uploading/Saving your Files/Folders to OneDrive

OneDrive: Moving Files/Folders from Google Docs to OneDrive

Get started with OneDrive - from USNH Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways 


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