In this article you’ll learn how to use Windows Live Mesh and share folders in SkyDrive. As well, you will learn how to personalize each computer in your Live Mesh setup by changing their name and picture symbol for easier identification.
But first let’s take a closer look at Sky Drive.
What is SkyDrive?
- Sky Drive is part of Microsoft’s Windows Live range of online services, and uses Windows Live ID to control access to files, allowing users to create files, store files, and make them publicly available.
- SkyDrive allows users to upload files to Cloud Storage on the Web and then access them using a Web browser. It is directly accessible via Live Mail and Hotmail or using Windows Live Mesh.
- SkyDrive allows users to store Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents within the Web browser.
- SkyDrive provides 25 GB of free personal on-line storage, with individual files limited to 100 MB. Files are listed as private or public and can be shared with contacts.
- SkyDrive files can be viewed and edited in Microsoft Office and new files created within this environment.
Sharing folders on the Web (using SkyDrive)
Here’s how you go about storing a folder on SkyDrive.
1. Open Windows Live Mesh.
2. In the opening screen, select the folder to be synced.
3. This expands the synced folder showing more information. On the right-hand side, click Select devices.
4. A new window “Where do you want to sync …” opens.
5. Check the box against SkyDrive synced storage and then click the Ok button.
6. In the next screen, the Folder is synced with SkyDrive.
Checking the Synced Folder in SkyDrive
Fine Tuning Windows Live Mesh
To save confusion and to show their type you can change the name and picture symbol for each computer you are using Windows Live Mesh. It is a simple matter to change the name and the picture for each computer.
1. Set all your computers running, in the main computer select Go to Windows Live Devices.
2. Windows Live opens showing all registered Devices.
Note: In this illustration there are four computers all listed and running under Windows Live Mesh. Each has the same name and the same picture associated with each it. Confusing!
Well, Windows Live Mesh allows you to customize the registered computers so you can create a meaningful name and have a more suitable picture associated with it.
3. You can personalize each one changing the Name and the picture symbol. To do this select one and click Personalize.
4. Enter a more appropriate name and change the illustration to suit.
5. Click the Save button. Do this for each one in turn.
6. Once you make these changes the new-look Synced Computers will be easily identified.
So there you have it, You have changed to look of the computers in Live Mesh so they are easily identified.
Windows Live Mesh is well worth taking a closer look!