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Get access to all your files in the cloud with Files On-Demand

Get access to all your files in the cloud with Files On-Demand

At the Microsoft Build 2017 in Seattle Microsoft already announced that you can use Files On-Demand to get access to all of your files in the cloud without having to download them. All of your files, even online files, can be found in File Explorer and accessed whenever they are needed. The best thing is you no longer need extra storage on your device.


Online or Offline files

You can use Files On-Demand to open online files from your desktop or Windows Store apps using Windows file picker. To indicate if the file is only locally available or online there is status icon behind each file. If you want to be able to access your files offline just right-click on the file and select ‘Always keep on this device’.

Online files will automatically download and become locally available when you need them. If you want to save disk space you can choose the option ‘Free up space’ so your files can only be accessed when you’re online.


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You can see that the folder selected in the SharePoint Online team site contains 1.37 TB of content but takes 0 bytes of storage on the disk.


Turn on Files On-Demand 

Files On-Demand works with all the apps you use today, including Windows desktop apps and apps from the Windows Store.


  1. Click on the white or blue OneDrive cloud icon in the system tray on the right side of your task bar. If you can’t find the icon there it’s possible that OneDrive is not running yet. Click Start, type OneDrive in the search bar and select OneDrive in the search results.


  1. Go to settings by clicking on the gearwheel.


  1. On the Settings tab, select the Save space and download files as you use them box.



For more information regarding Files On-Demand click this link.


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