Posts Tagged ‘MS-OneDrive’

MS-OneDrive “Get link” incompatible with MS-Word “Always create backup copy”, use MS-OneDrive versioning instead

  1. Symptoms:
    1. If I edit my local MS-OneDrive copy with MS-Word, my collaborators lose access to the most recent copy via the link I shared with them.
    2. Worse, the new file MS-Word generates when the backup is created, won’t get automatically synched with MS-OneDrive, and no sync error seems to get flagged in Explorer.
  2. Root cause (presumably):
    1. When saving in MS-Word, I can see my focus moving to the backup fileclip_image001
    2. MS-Word, when creating a backup of the original file, actually rather creates a “fore-up”: The original file gets renamed (“Backup of…”) and the recent changes get copied into a new file.
    3. The MS-OneDrive link keeps pointing to the old file “Backup of…”, “when after (which one can see normally, if the user renames a file manually, is a desirable feature)
    4. Workaround: I managed to manually upload the files that got out off synch.
  3. Solution:
    1. Turn MS-Word backup off, it is not compatible with MS-OneDrive under File / Options /Advanced / section: Save: clip_image002
    2. Rather, rely on the MS-OneDrive versioning.

Your camera roll backup to OneDrive may not be turned on automatically on the MS-Surface after all

  1. Swipe from the right, tab on “Settings”, “Change PC Settings”.
  2. On the next page in the left menu, tab on “OneDrive”, and check: SHIVA - Screenshot (5)
  3. Turn it on. If necessary, start OneDrive, give it some time, then check in OneDrive whether your photos from your Surface camera get uploaded: image
  4. My automatic camera roll backup may have been off
    1. due to an initial problem setting up OneDrive  on my MS-Surface
    2. due to a path that was too long
    3. due to the fact that, in spite of trying the instructions to change this folder, my surface seems to insist on synching my OneDrive to a subfolder of my user folder: That, however, is a post for another day…

Change onedrive to skydrive to embed your MS-Office online files in WordPress

  1. A while ago, Microsoft was successfully sued by Sky to change the name of SkyDrive. Recently MS did that, but it looks like somebody has not gotten the memo yet, again:
  2. Originally suggested embed code from SkyDrive:
  3. Fail on image
  4. Change to: image
  5. Sort of works on (but width and hieght parameters are being ignored): image

How to save your MS-Office files on SkyDrive

  1. Having to work on important documents from different locations – including office, classroom, and home – and getting tired of  lugging thumb drives around (or worried about losing or inadvertently destroying them)?
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  3. Use your university email and your password from last June (this one does not get force-updated every 90 days any more, you can manage it yourself).
  4. Upload your important files: image
  5. Drag and drop, e.g. a PowerPoint file: image
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  7. Click the file  – e.g. a Word file – to view it in your web browser.
  8. To edit the file , while viewing, click top menu: “Edit document”. Choose between  editing it in the browser (has still some  – ever fewer – limitations for complex documents) image
  9. You will have to log in again (on a non-shared computer I prefer to choose to be “signed in automatically”). image
  10. You have to click “Enable Editing” again, but then you are in your familiar MS-Word environment.
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  12. No need to re-upload the file: Save and close your file, when you open it again in the web browser, it got synched automatically: image
  13. To keep an additional local file backup, use the free MS-SkyDrive App which sets up a local copy of your MS-SkyDrive cloud storage – useful when you have to work offline (e.g. I used to travel every weekend on a plane, but needed to make good use of my travel time).
  14. Troubleshooting: If you run into problems, the first thing to try usually is a different web browser.

How to workaround SkyDrive embed codes not working

2013/06/07 3 comments
  1. Problem: I cannot seem to get the new embed code that SkyDrive offers now to work on
    1. Example:
  2. Cause: No idea. Guess somebody did not get the memo? Hope it is not me. Smile
  3. Workaround: 
    1. Old skydrive embed code still works in wordpress (E.g., but is a completely different syntax than what skydrive offers for embedding now (insert office code into [] to try it out): 
      1. office width="750" height="1300" src="!126&kip=1&AllowTyping=True&Item=Table2&wdHideGridlines=True&wdDownloadButton=True"
    2. However, you can still convert the current embed into the old one:
    3. by inserting the new parameter values into the old ones:
      1. "cid" becomes "su" and
      2. "resid" becomes "Fi" .
    4. This example  successfully embeds into a code now. (insert office code into [] to try it out):
      1. office width="750" height="1300" src=""
  4. No we seem to have been here before, so we shall see how long this workaround lasts.

Protected: How teachers can share multimedia files unsuitable for the LMS on MS-SkyDrive

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Redeemed my SkyDrive Enthusiast Bonus



Nice, and just in time as I am running out of free space for photos. Guess I would not have qualified in the first place if I did not post such stuff  here.

BTW, MS: I am also an Azure EnthusiastSmile

How to workaround problems embedding MS-Office web apps into

  1. UPDATE: this is becoming part of a series, it seems.
  2. SkyDrive and WordPress integration used to work much better, but not anymore?
  3. SkyDrive offers embed code with unescaped &, but you need to replace by & for to accept the embed.
  4. SkyDrive offers embedding a range, but WordPress fails to display it (e.g. Item=’Sheet1′!A1%3AE10 – maybe b/o the parenthesis?);  tables do still display (e.g. Item=Table1).
  5. Wait, there is more: one or both of the following prevent display also:  &ActiveCell=’Sheet1′!C3&wdHideHeaders=True
  6. A working example for the record (to be enclosed between []):
    office width="700" height="443" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"