Edit a shared OneDrive file from another organization

If someone from another organization has shared a OneDrive file with you, you’ll need a Microsoft account to edit the file. Don’t have an account? No problem – we’ll show you how to sign up.

I have a Microsoft account

Tip: Not sure if you have a Microsoft account? If you have a Hotmail or Outlook.com email address, or you’ve used Microsoft services like Xbox or Skype, you’re good to go. Just sign in using the same email address and password you use for those services.

To edit the shared file, sign in with the email address and password that you use with your Microsoft account:

  1. In a browser, open the email that contains the link to the shared file.

  2. Select the name of the file that you want to open.

    A screenshot showing a OneDrive shared file link in an email.

  3. In the new window that opens, select Microsoft account.

    A screenshot showing the SharePoint Online sign-in screen.

  4. Enter the email address and password for your Microsoft account, and select Sign in.

    If you can’t remember the email address or password for your Microsoft account, select Can’t access your account?

    A screenshot showing the Microsoft Account sign-in screen.

I don’t have a Microsoft account

You’ll need a Microsoft account to edit OneDrive files that are shared with you. Here’s how to sign up:

  1. In a browser, open the email that contains the link to the shared file.

  2. Select the name of the file that you want to open.

    A screenshot showing a OneDrive shared file link in an email.

  3. In the new window that opens, select Create a Microsoft account, it’s quick and easy!

    A screenshot showing the SharePoint Online sign-in screen, with the link to create a Microsoft account selected.

  4. Enter the email address and password you want to use, and select Next.

    Note: If you’d rather sign up for a Microsoft account using a phone number or your own email address (an address that doesn’t end in outlook.com or hotmail.com, such as JerriFrye@contoso.com), select Use a phone number instead or Use your email instead.

    A screenshot showing the Create a Microsoft Account dialog.

Need more help?

Get help by emailing the OneDrive support team. In a OneDrive mobile app, shake the device to get help or share feedback on OneDrive.

See more support pages for OneDrive.

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