When you work on more than one computer, such as in different offices, a computer at home and at work, a desktop PC and a laptop, and so on, a common problem encountered by many people is that a file you need is on your other computer.
If you are at home and you need one or more files on your work computer, or if you are at work and need some files you created at home, OneDrive can come to the rescue by enabling you to fetch the files.
The only requirement is that the computer is switched on and has an internet connection.
This is a great feature and it is very easy to set up remote access in Windows. Your remote computer can be safely located behind a firewall and you, and only you, can still access all the folders and files on it. You can even access your PC files from an Apple Mac or Linux PC remotely over the internet.
Before you start, if you are having problems with OneDrive, sort them out first. Here are some tips for getting OneDrive working smoothly.
1 OneDrive menu options
To set up this feature, right click the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and select Settings on the menu that is displayed
2 OneDrive Settings
Select the Settings tab and tick the box next to Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC. Then click the OK button to close the window. Do not switch off the PC. It must be running in order for this to work.
3 Go to OneDrive
The whole contents of the disk drive is now available through OneDrive. On another PC, whether at home, work or out somewhere a Wi-Fi hotspot, open a browser window and go to onedrive.com. Sign in if necessary.
Your normal OneDrive files are listed, but on the left is a PC link. Click it.
4 Pick a PC
Your PCs are listed on the left and selecting the one you just enabled OneDrive access on, lists the disk contents. There are tile and list view icons in the top right corner and here is the list view.
You can access any folder on the disk drive and any file. One or more files can be selected and downloaded, so you can view or edit them on the PC you are currently using. It is great for fetching files you forgot.
There does not appear to be a way to access the PC’s disk drive using the OneDrive mobile apps on Android and iOS. Those are limited to OneDrive files.
You can make OneDrive files available offline on your computer, but that feature is limited to files in the OneDrive folder. The tip above enables you to access the whole disk, which could be hundreds of gigabytes. You can't make the whole disk available offline on another PC.