Once your SkyDrive account is set up and in use, you may want to check out your options to make sure everything is configured the way you like it. While the defaults are fine for most, power-users may enjoy the ability to change default file formats and tagging permissions. This tutorial will show how to change them.
How To Access the SkyDrive Web Interface Options
To access your Options menu, click or tap the gear icon at the top of your SkyDrive account window and select "Options."
The Options page opens, showing a column with things to configure, on the left.
How to Manager Or Upgrade Your SkyDrive Storage Space
Click or tap "Manage Storage" from the Options menu for a quick glance at your available storage space. If you have plenty of space available, as we do below, you don’t have to worry about upgrading. If you’re cutting it close, you might consider paying for more space.
Click or tap "Upgrade" from the right side of the Options window or "Get More Storage" from the Manage Storage page to see your available options for a paid SkyDrive account. You’ll find the prices are extremely reasonable, the most expensive option being 100GB for only $50.00/year.
Click "Select" next to a payment option if you want to upgrade your account.
How to Change the Format Used by Office Web Apps
The "Office File Formats" section gives you the chance to change the default file formats for documents created using the online Office web apps. The default selection is to use Microsoft Office Open XML Format, which will work for most Windows users to have Office products on all of their devices. For users with a mixed environment, or those who opt for open-source office applications such as LibreOffice or AbiWord, there is a choice of OpenDocument Format.
Make your selection and click or tap "Save" to keep it.
How to Opt In or Out of Preview Versions of the Office Web Apps
Microsoft occasionally adds new features to their Office web app. Bleeding edge users may want access to those features as soon as they come available. For those users, there’s the Office Preview section. Opting in to the preview lets you test new features added to the web versions of Office applications. You’ll get to try them out before they’re officially rolled out. For users who’d rather wait until the kinks are thoroughly worked out, choose "No, Thanks."
This section is only active when new features are being tested. If there are no such features, you’ll see a message at the top of the window stating, "Sorry, the Office Web Apps Preview is unavailable at this time."
How to Change Who Can Tag you in SkyDrive Photos
The last section, called "People tagging," lets you choose who can tag you in photos, and who can tag others in your photos. While most will be fine with the default settings in this section, users who don’t want crazy party pictures linking back to their profiles may want to limit permissions.
The Photos of You section lets you manage who can tag you in any picture that any user uploads. Choose "Just you" if you want to have full control of what pictures link to you.
The People Tags on your Photos section manages tags on all photos you upload. By default, any user who can view your albums can create tags, change that if you want to keep tagging privileges to yourself.
Make your selections and click or tap "Save."
You may notice that the SkyDrive web interface has relatively few manageable options. While tweak happy users may lament the loss of full control, we feel that the Web interface’s intuitive and smart design doesn't require much tweaking. This simple options section covers the bases well enough without making a simple tool complicated.
How do you feel Microsoft did with the SkyDrive Web Interface? Do you wish you could change any major features? We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below.