With the release of SkyDrive client and Google Drive, backing up files to the cloud has become easier than ever. While SkyDrive offers 7GB free storage (25 GB free upgrade for loyal users), Google Drive offers 5GB free storage space for all users. Both services let you extend the storage space by purchasing paid storage.
As we all know, SkyDrive and Google Drive clients are available for Windows. If you have already installed and using SkyDrive and Google Drive, you probably have noticed that one can easily drag-and-drop a file to SkyDrive or Google Drive folder to sync the file to the account.
But if you want to back up a large number of files by transferring files to your account, dragging and dropping files may take quite a while. So, what’s the best way to easily send a large number of files to SkyDrive or Google Drive folder?
The best way is to add SkyDrive and Google Drive shortcuts to the Send to menu. By adding SkyDrive and Google Drive shortcuts to the Send to menu, you will be able to send files in a jiffy.
Step 1: Navigate to C:\Users\UserName directory (“C” is your Windows installation drive letter, and “UserName” is your user account name). Right-click on SkyDrive and select Create Shortcut. Also, do a right-click on Google Drive and click Create Shortcut.
Step 2: Open Run dialog box. To do this, simultaneously press Windows + R keys. In the dialog, type shell:sendto and hit enter key to open SendTo folder.
Step 3: Copy SkyDrive and Google Drive shortcuts that we have created in step 1 to the SendTo folder. That’s it! You should now have Google Drive and SkyDrive shortcuts in your SendTo menu. From now onwards, you can simply right-click on the file, highlight Send to option, and then click Google Drive or SkyDrive to send the selected file to the cloud.
The only catch is that when you use the Send to menu to send a file to Google Drive or SkyDrive, the file will be stored in the root folder. In other words, if you want to send a file to the subfolder of SkyDrive or Google Drive, you will need to manually drag-and-drop the file.
Users who don’t mind adding multiple shortcuts to the Send to the menu can add shortcuts of Documents and Public folders to the menu.
steve mcknight says
Thanks for the informative and usefull article.
Still, u need to log in into Skydrive by your browser to get sharing link…. This is crazy…
Sorry, I have no idea about Mac.
How can I do this on my Mac, that’s where all my photos are that I’m slowly putting in to SkyDrive.
Dany Rodier says
Hi, thanks for the tip. Is there a way to get the file to be moved instead of being reduplicated?