Share OneDrive files and folders

You can use OneDrive to share photos, Microsoft Office documents, other files, and entire folders with people. You can stop sharing at any time. If you're sharing files in OneDrive for Business, see Video: Share documents in Office 365.

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On the OneDrive website:

  1. Pick the file or folder you want to share by selecting the circle in the upper corner of the item. You can also pick multiple items to share them together.

  2. Tap or click Share at the top of the page.

    Screenshot of selecting a file and clicking the Share command

  3. In the Share box that appears, choose one of the sharing options: Get a link or Email.

    Screenshot of the Share dialog box

Get a link

Choose this option to share items with lots of people you might not even know personally. For example, you can use these links to post to Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or share in email or IM. Anyone who gets the link can view or edit the item, depending on the permission you set. Keep in mind that the link can also be forwarded and sign-in is not required.

Screenshot of the Get a Link option in the Share dialog box in OneDrive

  1. Tap or click Get a link.

  2. Choose the type of link you want from the drop-down list above the Get a link button. The link automatically updates when you choose a different option from the drop-down list.

    For example, to reset permissions to view only, click the arrow next to Anyone with this link can edit this item and clear the Allow editing check-box.

    • View only - When you share items with this type of link, people can view, copy or download your items without signing in. They can also forward the link to other people.

    • Edit - When you share items with this type of link, people can edit files, and can add or delete files in a shared folder. Recipients can forward the link, change the list of people sharing the files or folder, and change permissions for recipients. If you're sharing a folder, people with Edit permissions can copy, move, edit, rename, share, and delete anything in the folder.

  3. Tap or click Copy to copy the link your clipboard.

  4. Paste the link in an email message or wherever else you’re sharing the link. To post the link on a social network, tap or click More and then the icon for the social network.


Choose this option if you want to send an email invitation to people or groups and keep track of who you invited. This lets you also remove permission for specific individuals or groups later if you need to.

  1. Click Email.

    Screenshot of selecting Email in the Share dialog box in OneDrive

  2. Enter the email addresses or contact names of people you want to share with. When you begin to enter info in the box, you can also choose a contact from the list that appears.

    Screenshot of inviting people after selecting Email in the Share dialog box

  3. Add a note to recipients if you want.

  4. To change the permission level, tap or click Can view or Can edit.

    • If you choose Can view, that means people you invite can view, download, or copy the files you share.

    • If you choose Can edit, recipients can use Office Online to edit Office documents without signing in. To make other changes (like adding or deleting files in a folder), recipients need to sign in with a Microsoft account.

      If you pick Can edit and a recipient forwards the message, anyone who receives it will also be able to edit the item you're sharing. People with edit permissions can also invite others to have edit permissions to the item.

  5. Tap or click Share to save the permission settings and send a message with a link to the item.


  • If your Microsoft account is set with Family Safety, and your parent has turned off contact management, you can only share items with people who are already on your contact list.

  • Please respect copyright and be careful what you share online. Copying or sharing unauthorized materials violates the Microsoft Services Agreement.

Give recipients greater control and collaboration with shared folders

When you share folders with Edit permissions, people you share with can add the shared folders to their own OneDrive. This lets them keep the folder alongside their own folders and items, easily move items between folders, and more easily work on it offline. Any updates they make sync with the shared folder, so everyone with access to the folder is up to date.

  • To share the folder with a link - Choose Get a link, and in the Share box, choose Anyone with the link can edit this item.

  • To share the folder by email - Choose Email, and in the Share box, choose Can edit.

Tip: The recipient can add shared folders to their OneDrive, not individual files. If you want the recipient to add files to their OneDrive, put the files in a folder first, and then share the folder.

See the items you've shared

On, tap or click Shared in the left pane, and then tap or click Shared by me.

Sharing with the OneDrive mobile apps

For information and help, see:

Need more help?

Get help by emailing the OneDrive support team.

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