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OneDrive - Available Offline or Online in Windows 8.1

  1. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 64-bit Professional


    Hi there!

    When you set a certain file to "Make available online-only" in the Skydrive/File Explorer, does it delete the offline copy of that file?

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  2. #11


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello XypherCode, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    When you make a file available online only, it doesn't remove the file but you will not be able to open the file unless you're online afterwards.

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    Even if your PC isn't connected to the Internet, you can browse all your files on SkyDrive and rename and delete files. But you can only open and edit files if they're available offline. Making a file available offline saves a synced version of the file on your PC (which you still get to by browsing your SkyDrive) in your SkyDrive folders in File Explorer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 31 Oct 2013 at 11:14. Reason: typo
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  3. #12


    Nice feature. Thanks Shawn !

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  4. #13


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 64-bit Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello XypherCode, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    When you make a file available online only, it doesn't remove the file but you will not be able to open the file unless you're online afterwards.

    Even if your PC isn't connected to the Internet, you can browse all your files on SkyDrive and rename and delete files. But you can only open and edit files if they're available offline. Making a file available offline saves a synced version of the file on your PC (which you still get to by browsing your SkyDrive) in your SkyDrive folders in File Explorer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Got it! Thanks!
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  5. #14


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    You're most welcome.
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  6. #15


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi there,
    my understanding with Skydrive was that any pictures you had available online only would show up as large thumbnails, but this doesn't happen with me, I just get the jpeg icons, is there something I have to do to get this to work? I tried making them all available offline then making them available only online but that still didnt work...
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  7. #16


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello addiosamigo,

    Double check to make sure that you have thumbnail previews turned on to see if that may be the issue.

    Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  8. #17


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi thanks for the help. Yeah thumbnails is definitely on, I see my pictures on my hard drive as thumbnails just fine. One thing I did notice was if I look at a picture in one if the folders then 3 or 4 thumbnails will then appear but it just doesn't seem to be downloading any of them.
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  9. #18


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    64-bit Windows 10


    If you have a lot of images, then it may take a moment for them all to sync with SkyDrive to show the thumbnail previews. As a test leave the folder open for a while to see if they may eventually show.

    Do you have Windows 8.1?
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  10. #19


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi yeah I left it all day, on one folder that has about 100 images, still no dice. Yes I do have windows 8.1 and have just paid to increase the storage. I really don't like the metro app though much preferred the desktop one. Oh well. any other ideas. I have an ssd not sure if that would be a problem.
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