New OneDrive Feature Roundup

Daniel Bohan
Sales Manager

August 12, 2022

OneDrive just celebrated its 15th birthday, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lazy teenager. Microsoft has been busy releasing a ton of new features since April. Here’s a roundup of what’s new.

New OneDrive Home experience

Microsoft has redesigned the OneDrive Home experience to help you easily resume your work and catch up on what you missed while you were away. Soon, OneDrive will surface your most relevant files and list your most recent files along with any activity updates, so you can see everything at a glance and quickly prioritize where to start working.

New OneDrive Experience

A familiar, consistent experience across all your files

Microsoft has been working on delivering a more intuitive sharing experience across Office apps, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams that provides you a quick, robust way to grant access to information, set granular sharing controls, see everyone you’ve shared files with and manage access settings across individuals and groups.

OneDrive Home
New OneDrive Experience

Easily navigate to all your Teams files from OneDrive

OneDrive is adding a “Your Teams” section to the “More Places” page to allow you to easily find and work with all your files in Teams.

OneDrive for Teams Experience

Deleting large folders

To help you keep your workspace uncluttered, Microsoft has added the ability for you to delete large folders (with up to 10,000 items) at one time. This means that when you’re finished with a project, you can quickly remove all the files you no longer need from your OneDrive and SharePoint libraries.  

Microsoft Stream: Comment on a video or audio file in SharePoint and OneDrive

Users with view permissions can now leave comments in video or audio files. This can be helpful when collaborating on files to share with a larger audience, or for addressing questions of people who were unable to attend a call or meeting.

Shift between work and personal files in OneDrive 

It’s now simpler for you to switch between your professional and personal OneDrive accounts, or even between separate professional accounts you might maintain for multiple clients if you’re a consultant or freelancer. By selecting your profile picture at the top right of the OneDrive page, you’ll see a list of all your Microsoft accounts, or the option to add a new one.

Shift between work and personal files in OneDrive

Quickly switch between document libraries

Microsoft has added a dropdown to OneDrive and SharePoint that lets you easily switch between multiple document libraries associated with a Teams team or a SharePoint Site. You can easily select the Dropdown library icon to switch between document libraries.

Quickly shift between OneDrive document libraries

Pin important files to Quick Access

To easily find and access the places where you regularly work, you can pin shared libraries to the Quick Access section in the left nav of OneDrive. Pinning a document library adds it to the top of the Quick Access section. You can also un-pin document libraries from the Quick Access section.

Pin important files to Quick Access from OneDrive directly

File browsing in Teams

When you browse to a Teams channel and click the Files tab at the top, this experience will now be powered by OneDrive. For example, you’ll be able to leverage familiar controls to easily move or copy your file to another library within Microsoft Teams.

You can also switch between document libraries associated with specific Teams channels (standard or private) directly in Microsoft Teams and access your files as you would directly in OneDrive and SharePoint.

New file browsing in Microsoft Teams

Add to OneDrive in Teams

You can now use Add shortcut to OneDrive in Teams to give yourself quick access in OneDrive to the Teams files you work with most frequently. Any changes that occur in Teams are also synced, so your files are also up to date. This feature helps you keep all your files organized in one place, no matter where they are stored.

Add shortcuts in Microsoft Teams

Rename shortcuts 

Microsoft has added the ability to rename shortcuts you’ve added using the “Add to OneDrive” feature within OneDrive web.

Rename shortcuts in Microsoft Teams

Access your Teams standard and private channel files 

When you navigate to a site in SharePoint or OneDrive, you’ll be able to access the files stored in the Teams standard and private channels associated with that site.

Access your Microsoft Teams standard and private channel files

OneDrive File Picker v8

The OneDrive File Picker lets you connect your custom web apps to content stored in OneDrive (both the commercial and business versions) and SharePoint. With File Picker v8, you can integrate directly with the Microsoft 365 service, saving you complexity and time during the development phase and providing your users with the same rich, familiar user experience of OneDrive or SharePoint. Users who are already logged into Microsoft 365 can seamlessly access files and content through your web app, without having to log into the Microsoft 365 account a second time.

OneDrive file picker