If you need to obtain files from various people, you can use OneDrive to create a file request that allows others to upload documents directly to a folder you specify. This gives people a quick way to transfer files to you without giving them view or edit permissions to your OneDrive folder. Here’s how!
Note: This feature is not available in Office 365 Government. For file requests to work, your Office 365 administrator must enable Anyone links in OneDrive.
- Using OneDrive Online, select the folder where you want others to upload their files.
- Click Request files on the toolbar above.
- Enter a descriptive name for the files you are requesting and click Next.
There are two ways to send the request:
- Copy the link to send to others and paste it into an email.
- OR enter the names and/or email addresses of the recipients and write a message with your request and then click Done. This will send a notification with your request.
Recipients will use this link or notification email to access the folder. You will receive a notification whenever someone uploads a file.
Receiving a file request
When a recipient clicks the request link you send them, they will see this:
- Click Select files and browse to a file to upload.
- Click Add more files to add additional files.
- Fill out First name and Last name if not you are not logged in. (If signed into Office 365, the uploader identity will be automatically recorded.)
- Click Upload.
If you want to stop requesting files, you can delete the file request link.
- In OneDrive, select your file request folder.
- Click the […] menu.
- Click Manage Access.
- Click the […] menu next to the request link in the Links Giving Access
- Click the X.
- Click Delete link.
If you need to start requesting files again, just create a new file request using the steps under Requesting Files again.