Signing Up for and Managing SkyDrive in Office 2011 for Mac - dummies

Signing Up for and Managing SkyDrive in Office 2011 for Mac

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

SkyDrive offers online file storage and file sharing to Office 2011 for Mac users in exchange for being subjected to advertising. If you already have a Hotmail, Microsoft Messenger, or Windows Live account, you’re already signed up and don’t have to do anything more.

If you need to sign up, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your favorite Office application and, with any file open (even a blank, new file will work), choose File→Share→Save to SkyDrive.

    If you don’t already have a Live ID, you’re prompted to create one.


  1. To create a new Live ID, click the Get a Live ID button.

    Your Web browser (it must be Safari or Firefox) will take you to a page where you can sign up for a Windows Live ID, which lets you use SkyDrive. If your default browser is a different browser, then open Safari or Firefox and go to the SkyDrive site at

    The SkyDrive Web site is where you perform SkyDrive file management tasks such as creating folders and setting permissions for who can access those folders. You must access SkyDrive through your Safari or Firefox Web browser at You can create Personal and Shared folders.


Here’s an explanation of the options you can find in SkyDrive:

  • Folders: Click a folder to see its contents. Contents can be files or other folders.

  • New: Click to start a new, blank Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote file in an online Web application; you can also make a new folder.

  • Add Files: Displays your folders. Choose a folder to display a File dialog that lets you choose files in your Mac’s Finder to upload into SkyDrive. Also, because SkyDrive is platform agnostic, you can upload files to your SkyDrive account from a Windows computer. SkyDrive thus is a great way to exchange files if you’re on a multi-OS environment.

  • View synchronized folders:

    • If you’ve already synchronized at least one folder, SkyDrive displays a list of your folders.

    • If you have not synchronized any folders, SkyDrive displays a dialog that lets you download the Windows Live Sync application. Download the application (look for the Mac version) and then drag the application’s icon into the Applications folder before running it. It will prompt you to specify a folder on your Mac as a shared folder. In Live Sync’s preferences, select the check box to allow sharing with others.

  • Search documents: Off to the right is a search field that lets you search your SkyDrive documents.

  • Space available: Also off to the right is a space remaining indicator.