OneDrive gets expiring links for Office 365 users


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Microsoft has added another useful option for Office 365 users on OneDrive; expiring links.

Send people a link to a file saved on OneDrive has been possible for a long time.  That link could be ‘read only’ or let the receiver edit the file (document, worksheet, presentation etc.).

Now you can make the link only active for many days.

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How many days?

OneDrive accepted a 1,500 day expiry so whatever the limit is, it’s beyond any reasonable need.

Use this option if the file or document isn’t relevant after a certain date (deadline, date of an event etc).

Or just to limit the access to a file in case the link ‘escapes’ to unintended people.

Browser only

At the moment, expiring links are only available using the browser interface for OneDrive.

Sharing a link via Office – using the File | Share | Sharing Pane only gives you the Read Only or Editable link options.

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Break a OneDrive shared link

You can simply break a link you send by deleting or renaming the source file on OneDrive.

 

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