With the SkyDrive app installed on your computer you have access to everything that is in SkyDrive even when you are not connected to the Internet. You can add or remove files and folders.
Without being connected to the Internet, of course, any changes in the SkyDrive folder cannot be synchronized. When you do establish an Internet connection, the online SkyDrive will be automatically updated with the local SkyDrive folder.
The desktop SkyDrive shortcut opens your local folder. You can manage the folders and files just like any other folder. This is the easiest way to add folders and their contents to SkyDrive complete with any sub-folders.
If you drag a file or folder to the SkyDrive desktop icon it will be placed into the SkyDrive root, just as you would expect.
If you do not have the SkyDrive app, sign in to your Microsoft account, click SkyDrive in the top menu bar. In the navigation pane on the left click “Get SkyDrive apps” at the bottom of the listings. Step through the download and installation process.
SkyDrive access works best when you stay connected. Next time you sign in, check “Keep me signed in”.
© 2012 Ludwig Keck