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I have folders with documents all over my hard drive, some which I would like to include in SkyDrive without moving them into the SkyDrive folder.

E.g. my SkyDrive folder is in C:\Users\Name\SkyDrive, but I have some files in C:\Users\Name\SyncMePlz that I also would like to be synced with SkyDrive so that I can reach them from other devices.

How can this be achieved?

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This can be achieved with a Symbolic Link.

What is needed is a symbolic link from inside the SkyDrive folder to the folder you want to sync. This works with both hard (/J) and soft (/D) symbolic links.

  1. Open up a command prompt as Administrator:
    • Press Win+X and select Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. Create a symlink by writing:

    mklink /D "<path-to-skydrive>\<name-of-new-folder>;" "<path-to-folder-to-be-synced>"


    mklink /D "C:\Users\Name\SkyDrive\Test" "C:\Users\Name\SyncMePlz"
    • The name-of-new-folder (or Test in the example) will be the name of the folder in which the documents will be synced.

how to create the link

After doing this I now have a folder named Test in my SkyDrive folder that contains all the files in the SyncMePlz folder. And changing any file, adding a file etc. in SyncMePlz will automatically be updated and synced in the Test folder in SkyDrive across your devices.

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There is a open source project with a graphical user interface for mklink. You can download it here -> You should run it as administrator. – Olav Grønås Gjerde Feb 22 '13 at 15:28
Just in case someone else trips on this issue. Skydrive has a sync issue with symbolic links. Skydrive sync does not get triggered when contents of Symbolic Links Change. This means that only on start-up or restart of the app and during other changes your simlink folder would be synced. See this answer on the MS forum. As of March 27, 2013, this problem still exists. – MandoMando Mar 27 '13 at 17:50
Fantastic answer. I was looking all over how to do this and this was the only place I found that didn't involve installing some bs third party software. I didn't encounter the issues MandoMando mentioned in Windows 8.1. – Rig Jan 19 '14 at 22:16
Follow up, I actually had the folders reversed hence why I didn't have an issue. There does appear to still be a sym link issue in 8.1. I created my folder in C:\Users\<username>\SkyDrive then created a symlink to that where I needed it. – Rig Jan 19 '14 at 23:48
This is not working in Windows 8. Onedrive cannot sync such folder link at all. – Deqing May 13 at 3:39

All you need to do is download this "shell extension," which adds a sync option to Windows' right-click menu.!1126&authkey=!AMSxUTXTXoorDxQ

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Welcome! Do you have any more info about this .exe? For instance a source that can be trusted. I'm generally skeptical to download and run untrusted .exe files. – Matsemann Jan 29 '13 at 17:30
This "shell extension" solution has one problem: when you added your folder to SkyDrive you actually moved your folder and leave a link in original place. It does not work for some "unmovable" folders. – Oleg S Jul 1 '13 at 9:53

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