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.
Bob Eadie commented
Working in a school environment, where a teacher might teacher 100+ students, and each student might be sharing an assignment once a week, we could quickly get 1000+ random files (or folders) in our 'shared with me'.
I say we COULD, as we are having to go on using Google Drive which allows those shared items to be moved into your own Drive, and then organised into folders, deleted, archived, etc.
We would like to move this feature to Office 365, but I cannot recommend it to teachers until you provide this.
Ability to organise Shared with me and also remove files in the "Shared with me".
It's crazy, I have 100's of files in the "Shared with me" most of either no longer needed and users have left the company, or uncontactable. The inability to mange my own view is frustrating
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Organising your files on your own way is very important. The admin said "independently rename the shared folder, and the name change is not pushed to other users", is great but is not enough. Personally I make folders for a certain year but if someone share with me their documents I want to put them into a specific folder which isn't possible at this moment. The result is a mess of all the different documents in the cloud..
I didn't know yet of the Google Drive option - maybe I will stop using OneDrive and use the system of Google instead..
Edgar Sanchez commented
I appreciate what the OneDrive team is doing by bringing features that are requested... but it's almost like they do it on purpose and only release the bare minimum of the feature that was requested.
Surely someone thought about the hassle of shared folders all sitting on the root directory of the OneDrive folder?
It would be wonderful to be able to organize files 'shared with me' into folders without them losing their shared properties. The shared with me list can grow extremely long!
100 files in 'Shared with Me' and no way to organize them and you need us to Tell You More? It's hard not to be frustrated or disrespectful when you have to explain the need for directories to organize files.
This is a killer feature. I'm in NYC and 2 of my peers at other companies migrated their businesses away from 365 because of the inability to organize shared files. What CEO wants to sift through 100s of files (30 at a time) with no ability to move things into a directory.
There must be some technical reason you guys aren't doing this to not include the most insanely basic functionality.
After having hundreds of documents shared with me, it's become time consuming to search for certain documents. Please allow folders to be created in the Shared with Me section so that we may organize documents.
This has been brought up before, but Microsoft absolutely needs to figure out a way for people to organize the "Shared With Me" section of OneDrive for Business/Sites. I have my students share their essays, and when you have 80 documents at a time being shared, it is very difficult to keep track of individual classes. if Google Docs/Drive can allow organization into folders, so can Microsoft. What if we were able to tag documents (in my case, use a tag for each class) and then sort via tags? Even THAT would be a huge improvement. Somehow, though, a solution needs to happen.
Santiago Matalonga commented
This is close to being a killer feature.
Both dropbox and Drivesupport this.
User A has his/her own folder structure, he chooses a folders and Shares it with B.
User B has his/her own folder structure, he receives and accepts the shareing invitation from A.
User B decides to "add the folder to OneDrive".
The folder is added to the onedrive root.
Now, What I understand this feature is, and all of use requesting, is that:
User B can select the shared folder, and Manage it/move it to any subfolder whit in his drive tree structure.
Jason Stein commented
It is simple. I want the ability to put shared files into folders. Just like every operating system ever. Why is there confusion as to why users would like this?
Eric Porter commented
This was possible last year. They have since removed the ability to nest shared folders within subfolders. Ruined my day when I found out. :(
A Poole commented
Need OneDrive help - can`t move and work with student-shared files; can't see shared files in order to move to folders. Thank you!!
In the Shared with me tab in OneDrive I have lots of files shared with me by students and it would be very useful to be able to put these into folders and organize them so I can find them easily when I want to give feedback etc.
I would have to agree whole heartedly with so many of the comments below! In a larger organisation (I notice that many comments below come from teachers), the ability to organise potentially thousands of shared files and folders into places that make sense is priceless! With Google Drive, at the start of each programme, I have each student share a folder with me, in which they store all of their portfolio work. The same folder also serves as a two way portal via which I can feedback to them about how their portfolios are progressing. At my end, each folder that individual students have shared with me can be placed wherever I like within my Google Drive environment, making organisation into teaching groups and cohorts really intuitive. In OneDrive this would, as the system currently stands, be completely impossible! Until this is sorted in OneDrive, it is of little more practical use than a regular machine hard drive. What happened to the 'mobile first, cloud first world' for Microsoft? PLEASE get this one sorted MS, so that we can have world class productivity apps AND cloud storage in one system.
It would be a GREAT addition for education use if we could create folders and organize items in the Shared with Me section.
PLEASE give us the option to organize files that are shared with us. I am a teacher and we have unofficially made the switch from Google Drive to OneDrive and the lack of this feature is so frustrating. I have to scroll through 100s of files to find a particular student's file. I'd much rather be able to separate them myself into folders for each period.
Mick Flaherty commented
3 exam classes all share the same document with me. Surely I should be able to create a folder for each class and drop the relevant shared files into each folder? That way, when I am teaching or marking I can select a group of files rather than trawl through the many files that appear in the 'Shared with me" folder. (That is providing the files shared with me actually appear there. This is not always the case) Onedrive for Business
Recently moved from an organisation using Google as their primary mail and apps solution, to one using Microsoft Outlook and Office 365. I can not believe the difference between the two platforms.
When initially migrating to Google in 2012, I was reluctant to change. After 3 years on Google, and having seen it develop over the past few years, I am now really struggling with Office 365. On many occasions I have opened up my personal Google account to use Sheets etc, to conduct basic tasks which just aren't available in Office 365. Onedrive is no exception, simple things like organising files should be available. Given the choice between the two, there is no question which I would choose going forward.
You are lightyears behind Google Drive!
Say for instance, my students each share a document with me. Then, I would like to organize them.
Have you not reflected on OneDrive being used in larger organisations?