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.
Fritz Michael Gschwantner commented
It has been almost 3 years since the last admin response and sadly this is still not possible. It's so easy in Dropbox: just move the shared folder anywhere you want after you accepted the invited and Dropbox automatically notices it.
We need this. 5 years is enough even if its "significant engineering work" !
Brian Oller commented
**** i just got the 5 person team account for OneDrive, couldnt figure out how to move the folder, realized its coz u cant move shared folders,My root folder is going to get messy v soon, going to start looking for different options coz fk this, we are half way into 2022 and this is one of the most basic functions you would expect, or at least if it went into shared folder or something it would make more sense then u could atleast start each folder name with some type of a tag Like John-Videos-NameOfTheVideo, so it doesnt mess with your actualy files Epic fail, Microsoft surprised me a lot hahahha
Jan Blaser commented
It would be really important to soon bring this functionality in order to have a complete use case for onedrive. Otherwise all the collaboration users will disappear sooner or later
Wow... it took me three queries to get actual good results to see if this problem was adressed, ended up in a dead Micrsoft Forum, where the staff always gave the wrong answers to this request, then ended up in the archieved user voice, and now finally I'm here. this is simpomatic - stuff is way to complicated. I can't belive this issue was raised in 2015 and it's still not working? How hard can it be to add a hashvalue to a folder, so onedrive can make the connection between sharing and receiving account? Honestly - everything after the we appreciate statement is nothing short but an offense. pr speech for "leave us alone"
I came here looking to make this suggestion. Imagine my surprise that it was the most voted comment... and imagine my delight to see a response! From 2.5 years ago... hard fail
Danny Caldwell commented
I hope it works
Wow. Seriously can't believe this still isn't working.
Would be great if you could add in a drag and drop capability like google allows you. It's a nightmare to find within the 'shared with me folder'
Michel Pereira commented
That would be great if we can do the same behavior with individual shared files, placing them into our own folder structure without having to copy/duplicate only to make it more organized.
5 years and counting... this is really a shame...
Any news after all this time, please?
Star D. commented
Out of votes, but supporting
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...