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.
Stacy Benjamin commented
This is a huge problem in office 365. Teachers are organizationally minded. If you have ever been in a teacher's classroom you notice everything is color coded and organized. I am an instructional technology coach and this is a huge complaint from my teachers. This is causing them to want to stop using Microsoft products. People would of course love to move their shared items into their own folders. However just the option to create folders and move items into the folders in shared with me would be a huge win.
This is one of the reason I continue to use Google Drive in the mean time. Happy to read you started thinking about it more one year ago. Any news since ?
Thomas Koppensteiner commented
@Jason Moore any update on this topic?
I think many users would like to see this feature implemented.
YES A BIIIIIGGGGG YES
+3 votes - would be really helpful !
This would be a great addition! I have my students share things they are working on all the time and the lack of folder options in "Shared with Me" makes it difficult to keep it al organized.
If folders are problematic then what about the ability to customise the display of the content beyond basic metadata, if we could filter by who shared it or other common tags it would be better than the dogs breakfast most of our staff are dealing with.
Alternately, make it possible to search within only the shared with me folder, the current search option seems to only allow you to search your entire OneDrive and then doesn't allow any filtering of the results provided bar file type and time period - it's insane!
This would be the best! Please please please do it!!
Also, if we could shift files/folders from the Shared with Me section to the general section that would be amazing!
I agree this feature is something that is needed.
Same sentiment as everyone else. This is such a huge need.
Ali Herve commented
This would be extremely helpful. I work in a school and we used shared reports for our students. But it makes it very difficult to find the report in your shared folder without being able to organize it. Please add a folder feature to the shared with me section it would be tremendously helpful!
LOL One word......Dropbox
Agree that this is a feature that would greatly improve efficiency in our organization. It is very frustrating to dig around for a file you didn't name and now can't organize. If you can't allow us to move this file, why not allow us to tag files with project names or something so that we can at least try for a semblance of organization? It's hugely inconvenient for power users.
Are you still thinking about it since April 2016? I thought Microsoft operated faster than this. Your sales team didn't reveal this lack. I am rolling this out with my teachers and this lack is adding to the opposition to the process. It is unbelievable that folders cannot be created in shared with me or that files cannot be moved from the shared with me into my files in 2017.
Mr Williams commented
Are you still thinking about it? Would be super useful
Any updates on this? It's RIDICULOUS in 2017 that you can't organize your shared files into folders!
Douglas, I hope you and your team are still thinking about this. We are rolling out Office 365 with our teaching staff this year, and I know this is going to be a sticking point. For some, it will be reason enough to not use the platform. For all, it will cause headaches for "where is that file" and "why do I have so much junk shared with me?" Yes, things can be deleted. Yes, search is possible -- if you know the words to use to find what you're looking for. All of that is time taken away from our teachers doing their best work: teaching our students. I'm going to try to promote Office 365 as a time saver; the lack of ability to properly organize OneDrive (the "Shared with Me" folder and inability to move files from "Shared with Me" to "Files") is going to cause that promotion to blow up in my face. Please. Figure out this feature. I promise you it will be worthwhile. People WILL leave for Google Drive over this one feature.
Patrik Norrgård commented
Please do this! Make "folders shared with you" movable, so I can have all folders with pictures in one place.
Hi Douglas. First of all, do you still hold this position? I'm curious as I have reviewed the past few years messages to you, there is little to no response. Second, if you do still work for MS, wouldn't it be, at the very least, polite to respond? As a user of your product, it is creating much more work by greatly increasing my search time.
Keep in mind that if you and your colleagues have school aged children with teachers using this product, the teachers are wasting valuable time searching rather than planning for your kids. We, the teachers of your children, ask you to please help us out and make this program work for us and not against us.
This is a needed feature. As usage grows the Shared with Me list becomes too large.