If you find you prefer to save your documents, pictures and videos to your SkyDrive, Windows 8 users can set it as the default location. Here are a few simple steps to enable this feature.
Move your cursor to the lower-right corner and click “Settings” and then click “PC Settings.” Now, on the left side, click “SkyDrive.” We’ll go through each of the sections here.
Click “File storage.” Here it will indicate how much storage you have available on your SkyDrive and it also gives you the opportunity to purchase more. You have the option to increase your storage in 50, 100 or 200 GB increments. The annual cost is $25, $50 and $100 respectively. Basically, you pay 50 cents for each gigabyte of storage you add.
Below the purchase options, you can select to “Save documents to SkyDrive by default” by moving the slider to the right.
Next, click “Camera roll.” Here you can save pictures in either “good quality” or “best quality,” or you can choose to not upload them at all. Below, you can also select to upload videos automatically by moving the slider to the right.
Now, click “Sync settings” to the left. If you want to have your settings synced automatically, under “Sync your settings on this PC,” move the slider to the right. Below, you can customize the settings you want to sync automatically. By default, all of options are enabled. Look through each section and select the ones you want to have on or off by moving the slider in the appropriate direction. The very last option, if turned on, will backup your settings allowing you to restore them to your PC in the future.
Lastly, click “Metered connections.” If your Internet service provider charges for the amount of data you use, you can control whether to allow uploading and syncing of your files and settings here. Your changes are automatically saved after you make your choices. You can return to the “Start” screen by pushing the Windows Logo key on your keyboard.
Next week, I’ll show how you can access your SkyDrive files without being connected to the Internet.
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