How to use OneDrive "Request Files" dropbox?


Microsoft OneDrive provides a feature named "Request Files" that can be enabled for a OneDrive folder. This creates a link that can be sent in an email to allow contributors to upload files directly to the folder using a web browser. When files are uploaded you will receive an email notification that a new file is available.



  • OneDrive links are valid for up to 180 days. The Request Files link will need to be renewed periodically.
  • This feature is not available to administrators, it needs to be set by the OneDrive owner.


"Request Files" Creation

To set up the Request Files feature, create a new folder, select the folder and click on the "Request Files" link in the toolbox. In this example the folder was named "Dropbox".

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Enter a description for "Request files for this folder". This will be displayed to the person uploading the files. In this example, "Team Project" was used.

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On the next dialog select "Copy link" or enter an email address you want to directly send the link to.

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Click Done to complete the configuration.

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Upload Process

Once you have sent the link to the recipient they will see this upload process.

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After they select the file(s) they want to upload, they will be asked to enter their name. The name will be prepended to the uploaded filenames.

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They will see a success message when the files have been successfully uploaded.

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Note: If the user is already signed in, the name will automatically be filled in with the Display Name.

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New Files

Once the upload is complete, you will receive an email message from with a link to the see the new files.

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When you browse to your OneDrive folder you will see the newly uploaded file with the uploader name added to the filename.

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