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Microsoft’s OneDrive gets a brand new look on Android

A brand new look and feel! We’ve updated the look of the app to help you be more productive

Get access to your Shared, Recent, and Sites content faster than ever with our new tab bar navigation

Check up on Notifications, your Offline content and Account info in the all new Me view

OneDrive for Android gets fresh coat of paint, ditches hamburger menu

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OneDrive for Android has picked up a snazzy new look in its latest update.

An update to Microsoft’s OneDrive app for Android is rolling out, bringing along a fresh coat of paint. While the app still touts OneDrive’s signature blue-and-white color scheme, Microsoft has changed up how you navigate your files by ditching the hamburger menu.

In place of the hamburger menu, you can now get around OneDrive using a set of category tabs at the bottom of the screen. The app defaults to a view of your files, but the tabbed navigation bar allows you to switch to Photos, Recent, and Shared sections as well. A new “Me” section is also available, acting as a location to see your OneDrive plan, how much storage you’re using, app settings, and more. Here’s a look at the full, official release notes for this update:

  • A brand new look and feel! We’ve updated the look of the app to help you be more productive
  • Get access to your Shared, Recent, and Sites content faster than ever with our new tab bar navigation
  • Check up on Notifications, your Offline content and Account info in the all new Me view

Though it doesn’t represent a major overhaul, the update does make OneDrive look a touch more modern and potentially simpler to navigate. If OneDrive is one of your cloud storage apps of choice, you can grab the new look by updating from the Google Play Store now.

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How To Free Up Disk Space In Windows 10 Using OneDrive Files On-Demand?

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update arrived with many handy features. And one FCU feature can help you free up disk space on your hard drive using the power of the cloud. It’s known as OneDrive Files On-Demand.

What is OneDrive Files On-Demand?

If you’re running the Fall Creators Update on your Windows 10 PC, you can edit your files – stored in your OneDrive cloud storage – on your computer without downloading them permanently. It can be done using OneDrive Files On-Demand. This facility can help you free up disk space on your computer which you can use to store other things if you want.

The files on your OneDrive which you have marked “online-only” are downloaded when you want to edit them. For instance, when you want to make changes to your Powerpoint presentation. After you have done the editing, the version of the file on OneDrive is replaced with the new one.

How to use OneDrive Files On Demand?

You should set up OneDrive on your device in advance to turn on the feature. To sign-in, open the OneDrive app from the Start Menu and follow the setup.

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Next, follow the steps mentioned below to enable Files On-Demand on Windows 10 FCU:

  1. Right-click the OneDrive icon in the Notifications area.
  2. Go to Settings from the drop-down menu.
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  3. Under the Settings tab, tick the checkbox that says “Save space and download files as you use them” to turn on the feature and free up disk space on your machine.
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  4. Click Ok to save and continue.

After you enable the feature, you can see it working in File Explorer OneDrive folder. A cloud status icon gets attached to the files and folders which are online-only. You can disable the on-demand feature by following the same steps.

To mark a file or folder as online-only, go the OneDrive folder, right-click the file and click “Free Up Space” in the context menu.

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The files you’ve created online or on other devices are online-only by default. If you want a file to be available offline on your current device, click “Always keep on this device” option.

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One thing to keep in mind is that turning on OneDrive Files On-Demand for one Windows 10 PC won’t enable it across all of your devices. These settings are tied individually to your devices.

Also, I won’t recommend you to use the Files on-demand feature if your internet bandwidth is limited as any change you make to the online-only files would cost you valuable data. As an alternative, you can check out Google’s Backup Sync tool which automatically syncs the folders on your hard drive.

Use the OneDrive feature to free up hard drive on your Windows 10 PC and share your experience in the comments.

Also Read: What Is Power Throttling In Windows 10? How To Enable It And Improve Battery Life?

Managing OneDrive Files On Demand in The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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In today’s Ask the Admin, I’ll show you how you can manage the new OneDrive Files On-Demand feature in the Fall Creators Update.

 

 

Files On-Demand is the long-awaited replacement for Windows 8.1-era OneDrive placeholders, a flawed system that allowed users to see their full OneDrive file hierarchy without downloading the contents to the local device. Placeholders were popular because OneDrive can store much more data than there is disk space on a device, especially in the case of devices using solid-state drives.

Due to the way placeholders were implemented in Windows 8.1, issues could arise that meant applications would not retrieve files that were only available in the cloud. Placeholders relied on Windows Explorer and the OneDrive sync client to do the heavy lifting. The Explorer icon overlays, which indicated whether files were available offline, sometimes failed to display if other apps also registered overlays with Explorer. This lead to confusion for users.

 

 

Files On-Demand in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update uses a file system driver and the OneDrive client to resolve the issues with placeholders. Instead of icon overlays in Explorer, Microsoft has added attributes that display the status of OneDrive files, which can be always local, demand-synced and available offline, and demand-synced but not available offline. The new attributes are displayed in a separate column in File Explorer and in the details view.

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OneDrive Sync Status Is Displayed in File Explorer (Image Credit: Russell Smith)

OneDrive Files On-Demand works with consumer OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint Online team sites. Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about enterprise control. Group Policy options allow organizations to force the use of Files On-Demand, which can help reduce network traffic. Users will be able to browse team sites and OneDrive in File Explorer without downloading the entire contents. The same setting can be used to block use of File On-Demand. You can find the Enable OneDrive Files On-Demand setting in Group Policy under Computer Configuration Administrative Template OneDrive.

A second GPO control, Migrate Pre-existing TeamSite with OneDrive Files On-Demand, sets any existing team sites that users had synced locally, to online-only. Files added or updated in a team site will be set to online-only and downloaded as and when required.

Scripting OneDrive File Attributes

Because File On-Demand uses NTFS attributes to set the status of files, organizations can determine which files and folders are always available locally (pinned) or online-only (unpinned). For instance, if you want to make a document online only, you can run the attrib command-line tool to set the unpinned attribute. In the command below, -p removes the pinned attribute and +u sets the unpinned attribute.

You can also remove the pinned attribute but leave the file on the device:

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OneDrive Files Attributes Can be Programmatically Modified Using the Attrib Command-Line Tool (Image Credit: Russell Smith)

Or to make a document always available offline, set the pinned attribute:

Add the /s switch to modify file attributes on all files and folders in a directory recursively:

 

 

In this Ask the Admin, I showed you how to force or restrict the use of OneDrive Files On-Demand using Group Policy and how to modify file attributes. From there, you can set files and folders to always be available offline.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On …

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Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update will make Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage far simpler to use.

With the introduction of Files On-Demand to Windows 10, users will be able to see all their files stored on OneDrive from within File Explorer, without having to first download these files.

Users can now choose whether they keep files synced between OneDrive and their device, or only store files and folders on OneDrive.

To find out how to use Files On-Demand, see our ‘How-to’ article below and video above for a step-by-step guide.

How to enable OneDrive Files On-Demand

  1. Go to the OneDrive icon in the taskbar, which looks like two clouds, as seen below. If it is not visible, click the arrow pointing upwards on the righthand side of the taskbar.
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  2. Right-click on the OneDrive icon and select Settings.
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  3. Click the Settings tab.
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  4. Under the section headed Files On-Demand, check the box labelled Save space and download files as you use them and then click OK.
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How to spot whether files stored locally or in the cloud

  1. Files only stored on OneDrive will be marked with this blue cloud icon
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  2. Files only stored on OneDrive will be downloaded to the device when they are opened, and their icon will change to this green tick in a white circle.
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  3. Files that are synced between OneDrive and your device, so the latest version is always available locally, will have this icon showing a white tick inside a green circle.
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SEE: 15 essential support sites for Windows admins (Tech Pro Research)

How to remove files or folders from your PC to free up space.

  1. If you want to remove downloaded files or folders from your device’s storage, right click on the file you want to remove.
  2. In the drop-down menu select Clear space. The file will be removed from your drive and be stored only on OneDrive. Files and folders you delete inside File Explorer will be removed from the local machine and OneDrive.
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How to sync files or folders so they are always available

  1. To sync files or folders with OneDrive so they are always available on your device, right click on the file you want to sync.
  2. In the drop-down menu select Always keep on this device. The file will be synced with OneDrive so the latest version is always available offline.
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How to hide OneDrive files and folders

  1. If you don’t want to see particular OneDrive files and folders within File Explorer, go down to the OneDrive icon, as shown below.
  2. Right click on the OneDrive icon and select Settings.
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  3. Under the Account tab click the button labelled Choose folders.
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  4. In the Choose folders window uncheck any folders you don’t want to see in File Explorer and click OK. These folders will no longer be visible but will still be stored on OneDrive. To make folders visible simply check the box next to the folder.
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OneDrive Files On-Demand: How to enable it in Windows 10 Fall …

Where is OneDrive Files On-Demand? If you downloaded Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you might be interested in the terrific new OneDrive placeholders feature. But on some PCs, it never showed up.

OneDrive Files On-Demand returns the Windows 8.1 placeholder functionality to Windows 10. This displays shortcuts to all the files stored in your OneDrive account in a File Explorer window, rather than storing a local copy on your hard drive. Even if you have hundreds of gigabytes stored in OneDrive, you’ll be able to see them all in a folder that takes up a megabyte or two. It’s one of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update’s best new features.

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The OneDrive Files On-Demand within Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can turn gigabytes’ worth of files into a relatively tiny index on your hard drive.

Do I have OneDrive Files On-Demand?

If you wait long enough, it’s probable that Windows 10 will update the OneDrive capability by itself. But there are a few easy steps you can take to download it (yes, download it) now and turn it on yourself.

First, you’ll need the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which began rolling out on October 17. If it hasn’t arrived and you’d like it right now, you can use the Windows Update Assistant and begin the upgrade manually. Take the usual precautions, including backing up your data. The process can take a while, perhaps 45 minutes to an hour.

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Before you can use OneDrive Files on Demand, you need Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update.

Once that process has completed, find the tiny OneDrive icon on your taskbar. (If you have a number of different processes running, try expanding the Notifications area in the lower right-hand corner of the Windows taskbar. That should bring up a small window of icons, including the small cloud icon that indicates OneDrive. Right-click it, and select Settings from the popup menu.

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To enable Files On-Demand, you’ll need to find the OneDrive icon, which hides out in your taskbar.

Doing so will actually open another window, which will probably be open to the Account tab. If you don’t see the fancy introduction to Files On-Demand, try clicking one tab over to the Settings tab. (Yes, there’s a separate Settings tab within the Settings menu. No, we don’t know why, either.) If you see, at the very bottom of the Settings tab, a header marked Files On-Demand, hurray! Your problem is solved. Ensure that the checkbox next to Save space and download files as you use them is checked to enable Files On-Demand. On my machine it was not enabled by default.

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The most important step of all: eventually, you’ll need to ensure the Files on Demand checkbox is checked.

How to download OneDrive Files On-Demand

If you’re not seeing the introductory blurb or the Files On-Demand menu item, you’ll need to take action. Although you can download the OneDrive app from the Store, the OneDrive Files On-Demand feature is also available to download from this page, or as an automatic download

Installing it is extremely simple: Download the file, click it to begin the installation, and reboot when you’re finished. I’ve tried it on two Fall Creators Update machines that failed to receive OneDrive Files On-Demand, and both times the update installed without a hitch.

OneDrive Files On-Demand: How to enable it in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Where is OneDrive Files On-Demand? If you downloaded Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you might be interested in the terrific new OneDrive placeholders feature. But on some PCs, it never showed up.

OneDrive Files On-Demand returns the Windows 8.1 placeholder functionality to Windows 10. This displays shortcuts to all the files stored in your OneDrive account in a File Explorer window, rather than storing a local copy on your hard drive. Even if you have hundreds of gigabytes stored in OneDrive, you’ll be able to see them all in a folder that takes up a megabyte or two. It’s one of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update’s best new features.

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The OneDrive Files On-Demand within Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can turn gigabytes’ worth of files into a relatively tiny index on your hard drive.

Do I have OneDrive Files On-Demand?

If you wait long enough, it’s probable that Windows 10 will update the OneDrive capability by itself. But there are a few easy steps you can take to download it (yes, download it) now and turn it on yourself.

First, you’ll need the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which began rolling out on October 17. If it hasn’t arrived and you’d like it right now, you can use the Windows Update Assistant and begin the upgrade manually. Take the usual precautions, including backing up your data. The process can take a while, perhaps 45 minutes to an hour.

dbdcb_onedrive-files-on-demand-100738830-large OneDrive Files On-Demand: How to enable it in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Mark Hachman / IDG

Before you can use OneDrive Files on Demand, you need Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update.

Once that process has completed, find the tiny OneDrive icon on your taskbar. (If you have a number of different processes running, try expanding the Notifications area in the lower right-hand corner of the Windows taskbar. That should bring up a small window of icons, including the small cloud icon that indicates OneDrive. Right-click it, and select Settings from the popup menu.

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To enable Files On-Demand, you’ll need to find the OneDrive icon, which hides out in your taskbar.

Doing so will actually open another window, which will probably be open to the Account tab. If you don’t see the fancy introduction to Files On-Demand, try clicking one tab over to the Settings tab. (Yes, there’s a separate Settings tab within the Settings menu. No, we don’t know why, either.) If you see, at the very bottom of the Settings tab, a header marked Files On-Demand, hurray! Your problem is solved. Ensure that the checkbox next to Save space and download files as you use them is checked to enable Files On-Demand. On my machine it was not enabled by default.

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The most important step of all: eventually, you’ll need to ensure the Files on Demand checkbox is checked.

How to download OneDrive Files On-Demand

If you’re not seeing the introductory blurb or the Files On-Demand menu item, you’ll need to take action. Although you can download the OneDrive app from the Store, the OneDrive Files On-Demand feature is also available to download from this page, or as an automatic download

Installing it is extremely simple: Download the file, click it to begin the installation, and reboot when you’re finished. I’ve tried it on two Fall Creators Update machines that failed to receive OneDrive Files On-Demand, and both times the update installed without a hitch.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand

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Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update will make Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage far simpler to use.

With the introduction of Files On-Demand to Windows 10, users will be able to see all their files stored on OneDrive from within File Explorer, without having to first download these files.

Users can now choose whether they keep files synced between OneDrive and their device, or only store files and folders on OneDrive.

To find out how to use Files On-Demand, see our ‘How-to’ article below and video above for a step-by-step guide.

How to enable OneDrive Files On-Demand

  1. Go to the OneDrive icon in the taskbar, which looks like two clouds, as seen below. If it is not visible, click the arrow pointing upwards on the righthand side of the taskbar.
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  2. Right-click on the OneDrive icon and select Settings.
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  3. Click the Settings tab.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand
  4. Under the section headed Files On-Demand, check the box labelled Save space and download files as you use them and then click OK.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand

How to spot whether files stored locally or in the cloud

  1. Files only stored on OneDrive will be marked with this blue cloud icon
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand
  2. Files only stored on OneDrive will be downloaded to the device when they are opened, and their icon will change to this green tick in a white circle.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand
  3. Files that are synced between OneDrive and your device, so the latest version is always available locally, will have this icon showing a white tick inside a green circle.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand

SEE: 15 essential support sites for Windows admins (Tech Pro Research)

How to remove files or folders from your PC to free up space.

  1. If you want to remove downloaded files or folders from your device’s storage, right click on the file you want to remove.
  2. In the drop-down menu select Clear space. The file will be removed from your drive and be stored only on OneDrive. Files and folders you delete inside File Explorer will be removed from the local machine and OneDrive.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand

How to sync files or folders so they are always available

  1. To sync files or folders with OneDrive so they are always available on your device, right click on the file you want to sync.
  2. In the drop-down menu select Always keep on this device. The file will be synced with OneDrive so the latest version is always available offline.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand

How to hide OneDrive files and folders

  1. If you don’t want to see particular OneDrive files and folders within File Explorer, go down to the OneDrive icon, as shown below.
  2. Right click on the OneDrive icon and select Settings.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand
  3. Under the Account tab click the button labelled Choose folders.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand
  4. In the Choose folders window uncheck any folders you don’t want to see in File Explorer and click OK. These folders will no longer be visible but will still be stored on OneDrive. To make folders visible simply check the box next to the folder.
    0a60d_20171016win10ondemandnick Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand

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