Allow shared folders to be stored within sub folders
The new feature that allows shared folders to be synced on the desktop is awesome.
however, shared folders are added to the root of the OneDrive folder and cannot be nested into the file structure. That is an issue : the root folder will soon be full of random shared folder. Allow us to store them where they belong ! Think of project-related stuff, pictures that you want to store in your "summer 2015" folder,...
Google Drive implementation is fine : you get an overview of all shared folders on the website ("shared with me" tab) and you can nest these folders in your filestructure the way it best suits you - both on the website and locally.
We’re looking at two related pieces of this:
1) For OneDrive for Business, enable shared folders to be added to the root of the OneDrive folder at all (like in OneDrive Personal).
2) For OneDrive across business and personal, enable shared folders to be placed into subfolders.
We appreciate your patience; this is significant engineering work given the architecture of the products and our diverse customer base, spanning individuals to small businesses to multi-national enterprises to government agencies. We aim to address this while maintaining our industry-leading security, privacy, and compliance commitments.
Thank you for the continued feedback.
Olivier Biot commented
One thing is adding folders newly shared with me to an already existing folder structure in OneDrive (i.e., attach a new OneDrive repository to a folder "leaf"). That would require at least the addition of a dialog to select the target folder (assuming that it would be technically possible to "attach" a shared folder to a local folder, akin to mounting a drive or partition in macOS and Linux).
Another thing is allowing users to relocate shared folders in a new/different folder structure (i.e. refactoring the OneDrive folder structure).
The main challenge I see is that you must overlay the "OneDrive file system" atop the OS native file system.
To my knowledge the OneDrive client currently doesn't store any metadata in the local file system (e.g., in a hidden '.onedrive' file or folder).
If I were to conceive such functionality, I would definitely separate the file/folder sharing service ("OneDrive") from the native OS primitives (the "filesystem") and use the mounting metaphor to attach shared locations to a folder structure in control of the user the folder is shared with. To further facilitate folder relocation I would also store the file/folder sharing metadata in a local hidden folder (e.g. ".onedrive" or ".1drv") at the top level of the shared folder (i.e., if "Fruit" is the shared folder, there would be one single ".onedrive" folder right in the "Fruit" folder).
J. Zebedee commented
I wonder what other cloud drive product exists where "basic filesystem functionality" is a Maybe feature.
So, its been 5 years since..... still thinking??
IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP SUB FOLDERS UNDER ANOTHER FOLDER
I shared 8 from 12 subfolders with my assistant. How can she keep the 8 subfolders under another folder without loosing the link.
I have no problem to do this in Google Drive, but after a cloud tour I decided to go for One Drive because is the naturall place if I work with excell and words every day
Philip Orr commented
Are you working on this now? I have just moved all my photos from Google to Microsoft and now I'm unable to share them with my partner in a sensible way.
Please add this feature. I recently learned about this feature failure the hard way by moving a file folder to a place in my tree where it makes sense to me and, in the processes, disconnecting the other users including the project owner. There was no warning from Microsoft that this would occur. Microsoft claims to take data security seriously but this oversight is a significant breach of that commitment. Basically any user can lose or steal the shared data.
1) Make it possible to relocate shared folders where they belong.
2) Until then (and make it happen soon), provide a warning to users about what damage they are about to do and a way to cancel and undo.
do not make the switch from Google, as THEY are the industry leader, not MS. MS is running years behind in so many respects...
Dot dot commented
Seriously? Such a basic feature ...
I have been planning to switch from Google drive to Onedrive, this gives me serious 2nd thoughts ...
Shopann F. commented
5 years. Seriously??? For an enormous issue like this? Are you crazy? I hope everyone will move to Dropbox or GDrive. You don't care about the customers. You don't deserve customers.
any news please?
F Fossatti commented
April 2020 and still no solution or even feedback!! Please make the fix
The idea of have 3 or more virtual links in the explorer sidebar is frankly ridiculous.
Shaharin Yussof commented
This works easily in Dropbox, a 3rd party application. Why can this not work in one that is made by Microsoft FOR Microsoft?
Carlos Roriz commented
Come on! It's been 5 YEARS!
UP UP UP .... Any admin van give us feedback on this??
ough 2015-2020 .. nothing changed ::(
Did you recognize how important it is?
Why i cant Vote ? This is defintly a problem for me and an effective workspace.
Will Macleod commented
This hasn't been implemented and you have been working on it since 2018?!? Come-on microsoft, it cant be that difficult! having a root folder cluttered with shared folders and files is a bloody mess, all I want to do is create a shared folder members of my family can use to put in pictures etc, but I want to make it a subfolder of my dedicated 'file transfer' folder. Please get this fixed ASAP!!!
Please do 1) For OneDrive for Business, enable shared folders to be added to the root of the OneDrive folder at all (like in OneDrive Personal).
Dummy Me commented
Its so stupidly flawed design by the engineer. Google Drive is a lot better than OneDrive for many causes, especially this issue. I've had no issue using Google Drive and exceed all expectation in cloud storage, while OneDrive is missing a lot of much needed features.