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Share with Windows Live’s SkyDrive

Share with Windows Live’s SkyDrive

As we touched on already, you can store and share Microsoft Office documents (and other files) using SkyDrive, a part of the Windows Live family. This service and functionality is great for home or small office users.

In Office 2010, you can open and save documents to your SkyDrive directly in the Office applications.

When you want to share a document using SkyDrive, you can create or upload it via either the Office application or the SkyDrive website (see Figure 4).

From Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, click File on the Ribbon, select Save & Send, and then click Save to Web. From OneNote, click File on the Ribbon, select Share, and refer to the Web Location area.

If you aren’t signed in, click the Sign In button and log in with your Windows Live ID account. Once signed in, you can select which folder to save the document to, as Figure 5 shows.

Documents are shared with those you have indicated in the sharing settings for the folder it resides in. To change the sharing settings for the folder or the individual documents, you must log in to the SkyDrive website.

On the SkyDrive website, you can send people links to folders or individual files. If it’s a public share that anyone can access, no login is required. However, if you have chosen specific people, they must log in with their Windows Live ID to access the content.

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