Microsoft OneDrive - Request Files Using OneDrive

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In Microsoft OneDrive, with the file request feature, you can choose a folder where others can upload files using a link that you send them. The users that you request files from cannot see what's in the folder - they can only upload files to it. This is a better alternative to receiving many or large files as email attachments. It also provides a safe alternative when files are attached as a zip file in email that result in a security quarantine notification requiring IT staff intervention.

Here's how to request files:

  1. In your OneDrive, select the folder where you want the files to be uploaded, and then click Request files.

    The Request Files menu option in OneDrive for Business
  2. Under What files are you requesting, enter a descriptive name for the files you are requesting from others. (They'll see this description when they get the file request.)

    The Request files dialog box after requesting files in OneDrive for Business
  3. Click Next.

  4. You can click Copy link to copy the request link and send it to anyone you would like to request files from, or you can enter the email address or addresses of the people you want to request files from. You can also type a message that will be included in the email that OneDrive sends to them.

    The Send file request dialog box providing a link or email address option in OneDrive for Business
  5. Click Done.

You’ll receive a notification email whenever someone uploads files to your file request folder.

If you want to edit the descriptive name of the file request, select the folder and click Request files again, then change the name. The people you sent the request to will see the new name when they upload files.

For a more detailed instruction on how to request files from others using OneDrive, please go here.

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