Creating a Cloud Library in Windows

Lately I’ve been a huge user of cloud based services. SkyDrive (for personal and business), SkyDrive Pro (Office 365 and On Premise) and Dropbox (slowly moving to SkyDrive) are my biggest three. While these apps have integration into Windows there is the occasional dialog that make it hard to find your folder (Alright it’s not that difficult but it can be annoying if your SkyDrive folder is inside of your User directory). In most cases it’s a breeze to access this information because it shows in your Favorites window when you’re working with files. But other times you’ll get the “Library Window” which can make it very hard to find things… especially when you store your SkyDrive library on a separate harddrive.

The Default Experience

Working with the Favorites Window

The favorites window works great because you can quickly access any favorites from the left including your cloud services.

Working with the Library Window

The library window however does not show your favorites. You’ll see this window sometimes when opening or saving files depending on how the application implemented that functionality. This window does not show your favorites. Most of the time this is fine but if you put your cloud folder in your user directory then you have to dig through C:\Users\UserName in order to find it as it will not be visible in your library or in your Documents library.

The Solution

Configuring your Cloud Library

  1. Create a new library
  2. Rename the library “Cloud” (or whatever you want)
  3. Right click the library and select Properties
  4. Add the locations of all of your Cloud folders

Final Product

Now you have a Cloud library that is easily accessible inside of your Libraries menu and contains all of your cloud services. Easy enough.

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