How to Download Files to Your Windows 8 Tablet with the SkyDrive App - dummies

How to Download Files to Your Windows 8 Tablet with the SkyDrive App

By Andy Rathbone

After you stock the SkyDrive app with files, you can access those files quickly and easily from your Windows 8 tablet’s SkyDrive app. Can’t find your tablet’s SkyDrive app? Download it for free from Microsoft’s Store app.

When you want to upload or download files using the SkyDrive app, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start screen, tap the SkyDrive app.

    The SkyDrive app fills the screen, showing all of your folders and files uploaded to your SkyDrive account. Although they’re the same folders and files, the app shows them in a slightly different style.


    If the SkyDrive app doesn’t show your files, make sure you’re connected to the Internet; otherwise, you can’t connect to SkyDrive.

  2. Tap what you want to open.

    Tap a folder, and it opens to display the files and folders inside.

    Tap a file, and a program appears to show the file’s contents and let you view or edit it. If a file doesn’t open, you don’t have a program or app on your tablet that’s capable of opening the file.

  3. To upload new files, fetch the App menu bar and tap the Upload icon.

    To fetch any app’s App menu bar, slide your finger up from the screen’s bottom edge. The File Picker appears, ready for you to select the file or files you want to upload. (The SkyDrive app lets you upload only files, not folders.)

    You can select several files within a folder by sliding your finger downward on their tiles. To select them all, tap the words Select All along the top of the File Picker.

Fetching SkyDrive’s App menu bar in Step 3 reveals more than just the Upload icon. The App menu bar also offers these options:


  • Refresh: Tap this to tell SkyDrive to refresh its list of files and folders, which is handy if you’re waiting for something to be uploaded from another computer.


  • New Folder: This creates a new folder in SkyDrive, an essential task when organizing files.


  • Upload: Covered in this section, this option lets you choose files to store on SkyDrive.


  • Details/Thumbnails: This switches SkyDrive from Thumbnail view to Details view, which lets you fit more information on the screen.


  • Select All: This selects everything on the screen — files and folders. Once they’re selected, you can tap either of the two new icons that appear: Clear and Delete. (You probably won’t use this much.)