Groups in Office 365 are intended to be created and managed by admin and end users. If you, the global administrator, need to perform bulk operations, configure global settings, or want to monitor Group activity from the command line, you can use Windows PowerShell and the following cmdlets to accomplish those tasks. Check out Learn more about groups for more information about groups in Office 365.
NOTE: You may also be able share files with external users (people not on your network) by inviting them as “Guests,” or by creating and posting guest links. For details, see Share sites or documents with people outside your organization.
Share a file by using Get a link
You can share a link to a file that others can also share by using Get a link. Get a link is available only for individual files, but it’s the easiest way to share files with everyone in your organization or to share with people externally (as long as external sharing is enabled for your sites).
- Go to OneDrive for Business or the site library that has the file you want to share.
- Right-click the file you want to share, and then select Get a link. If you don’t see Get a link, click Share, and then click Get a link.
- Choose the type of link you want to create.Links for internal sharing:
- Edit link – account required After they sign in, people in your organization can edit, copy, or download the file.
- View link – account required After they sign in, people in your organization can view, copy, or download the file.
- Edit link – no sign-in required People outside your organization can edit, copy, and download the file.
- View link – no sign-in required People outside your organization can view, copy, and download the file.
NOTES: If you see only a restricted link option instead of the options shown here, sharing links may be disabled or you may not have permission to use them. For information about how to enable sharing, see Video: Share a site without access request.
If guest access is disabled, you’ll see only account required options.
- If you choose a no sign-in required link and you want to set the link to expire, click Set expiration, and then choose how long before the link expires, such as 30 days. Account required links don’t expire and there’s no option to set an expiration for those links.
- Click Copy to copy the link to the clipboard.
- Paste the link into an email and send it or post it on a website for the people you want share with.
- Links created by using Get a link are not discoverable by search, so only people who receive a link from someone else can use it.
- Account required links are designed for sharing within your organization. Therefore, recipients need to sign in with their user name and password from your organization. When a user opens the sharing link, she is granted permissions for that item and added to the access control list.
- No sign-in required links are guest links that are ideal for external sharing. These links are available by default in Office 365, but administrators can disable external sharing for your sites. For details, see Share sites or documents with people outside your organization.
- You can remove no sign-in required links at any time in the Share dialog box mentioned in the steps above. The REMOVElink is right next to the Copy button.
- Site administrators can restrict sharing so that only owners can share files and sites. For information about how to enable sharing links, see Video: Share a site without access request.
Share a file or folder by inviting people
To share folders or to share files when Get a link isn’t available, you can invite people.
- Go to OneDrive for Business or the site library that has the file or folder you want to share.
- Right-click the file you want to share, and then select Share.
- In the Share dialog box on the Invite people tab, type names or email addresses of people you want to share the file or folder with.
- Select a permission setting, such as Can edit.
- If you want, type a message to be included with an email that’s sent to all invitees. The email includes a link to the shared file.
- If you don’t want to send an email, uncheck Send an email invitation (you may need to click Show Options first).
- Click Share.
NOTE: If guest access is disabled, you may not see the Require sign-in option.
More information in this article
- Learn more about file storage and sharing in Office 365
- Share files with a limited set of people
- See who you’re sharing a file with
- Stop sharing a file or folder
- Other ways to share a file or folder with everyone in your organization
- How do people find files I’ve shared with everyone?
- Changes to SharePoint notification email addresses
Learn more about file storage and sharing in Office 365
For recommendations on where to store files in Office 365 and how to set things up, see Set up Office 365 file storage and sharing.
Share files with a limited set of people
To share multiple files with a selection of people, you have a couple of options:
- Create a group (if you’re in Office 365 and Groups are enabled)
- Create a folder and place files in that folder as you create them
Create a group (if you’re in Office 365 and Groups are enabled)
- In the navigation, next to Groups, click the plus sign (+).
- Type a name for the group, set the Privacy to Public or Private.
- Click Create.
- Add members to the group.
- In your group, near the top of the page, click Files to go to the group OneDrive.
- Drag files onto the page or click Upload.
Create a folder and place files in that folder as you create them
- To create a folder, click New > Folder. You can share the folder with people as you create it.
- If you didn’t already share the folder while creating it, share the folder by inviting people.
- Upload or drag files to the folder.
See who you’re sharing a file or folder with
- Right-click the file and then click Share.
- In the Share dialog box, click Shared with.
- If you’re sharing with more people than whose names will fit on the card, select the more link at the end of the list of names. You can scroll the list to see all names.
TIPS: If the library you’re working in has a Sharing column, you can select the people icon to open the Share dialog box.
Stop sharing a file or folder
To make a file or folder private again, you can stop sharing it.
- Select the people icon for the file or folder to open the Share dialog box.
- On the Shared with tab in the Share dialog box, select Can View or Can Edit next to the person you want to stop sharing with, and then select Stop Sharing.
- To stop sharing a file with everyone at once, select STOP SHARING below the list of people you’re sharing with.
NOTE: The STOP SHARING link that removes all users at once is not available for folders. To quickly stop sharing a folder with many users or groups, try this: Click ADVANCED, use the check boxes to select the users or groups you want to remove, and then click Remove User Permissions.
Other ways to share a file or folder with everyone in your organization
In OneDrive for Business, there are more ways to share a file with everyone:
- Use the Share dialog box. Follow the same steps described above for share a file or folder, but type Everyone in the Invite People box.
- Create a “Shared with Everyone” folder (or one with a similar name) and place files in that folder as you create them. To create a folder, click New > Folder. You can share the folder with people as you create it.
NOTE: You may already have a Shared with Everyone folder that was provisioned for you.
The Share dialog box lets you select Everyone except external users. If your organization allows external sharing, sharing with “Everyone” includes external users: people outside of your organization who have previously been invited to share files as guests, either by you or by others in your organization.
If you have a Shared with Everyone folder that was provisioned for you, everyone gets permission to edit documents that you put in the Shared with Everyone folder, unless you change the permission setting or unless your OneDrive for Business was created before June 2014. If your OneDrive for Businesswas created before that date, the Shared with Everyone folder started with View-only permissions. You can change the permission setting any time by following the instructions for sharing a folder earlier in this article.
How do people find files I’ve shared with everyone?
Files you share with everyone don’t appear in their Shared with Me view in OneDrive for Business. Why not? Consider that depending on the size of your organization, there might be hundreds if not thousands of files that are shared with everyone. Also, you may not want to send a share invitation email to everyone in your organization.
Instead, people can find these files by:
- Following a link you send them directly in an email.You can find any file’s web URL in its file callout.
Copy and paste the URL into an email addressed to specific people you want to notify.
- Using their Search box in OneDrive for Business.In this example, Molly Dempsey searches on the keyword “Court Cases” to find any relevant files shared with her in her organization.
Here are the web parts you can use and their descriptions. Click the one you are interested in for more information on how to use it.
- Highlighted content
- Site Activity
- Office 365 Video
- Content Embed
- News headlines and News list
- Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.
- You must be a site owner or SharePoint administrator to work with pages.
- If you are a site owner but you are unable to add a page, your administrator may have turned off the ability to do so.
Use the Text web part to add paragraphs to your page. Standard formatting options like styles, bullets, indentations, highlighting, and links are available.
Use this web part to dynamically display content based on content type, filtering, or a search string. You can also set the scope of the search to a site or site collection sort the results. Here’s how:
- Click + and then select the Highlighted content web part.
- Click the edit button and select your options.
This web part automatically shows recent activity on your site, such as files uploaded, edits made, lists and libraries created, and so on. Just add the web part, and the latest activity is pulled in automatically.
Use this to insert an Excel, Word, or PowerPoint, or .PDF document on the page. Users will see the starting page of the document in a frame, and can scroll through the pages or even download the document. Here’s an example of a PowerPoint presentation on a page:
To add a document to your page, do this:
- Click + and then select the Document web part.
- Click Add a document.
- Choose a recent document, or browse, upload, or use a link to insert the document you want.
NOTE: Users can click to see options for the document including Download a Copy, Print to PDF, and Embed code (to see the code used to embed the document on the page).
Click the edit button to specify settings for the document.
Use this to insert an image on the page, either from your site or your hard drive.
- Click + and then select the Image web part.
- Click Add an image.
- Choose a recent image, or browse, upload, or use a link to insert the image you want.
Office 365 Video
Use this to display a video right on the page from your organization’s Office 365 Video portal.
- Click + and then select the Office 365 Video web part.
- Click Add video.
- In the toolbox on the right, click Go to your organization’s video portal to find the video you want, and then paste the link for the video into the box.
You can display content on your page from other sites like Bing maps and YouTube videos. Depending on the site, you can either use the site’s address or embed code that the site provides. For more information, see Add content to your page using the Embed web part.
- Click + and then select the Embed web part.
- Click Add embed code.
- In the toolbox on the right, add an URL to the web site or the embed code from the site.
You can “pin” items to your page for easy access.
To do this:
- Click + and then select the Quick links web part.
- Click + Add.
- In the toolbox on the right, either select an item from the list, or add a link to a page or file you want to pin under Create link to.
You can open the pinned item, move it to change the order of items shown, edit the link or title, or unpin by clicking the ellipses (…) at the bottom right of each item.
News headlines and News list
If you removed the News from your Group team site page, you can add it back. Or, you can add it to a different page. To do this, you can use the News headlines or News list web parts.
- Click Edit at the top of the page.
- Click the + sign.
- To add the News with the large image space and three additional stories like that which is shown as default on the home page, select News headlines.
To add a simple list of news stories without the large image space on the left, select News list.
NOTE: For more information on how to work with the News features, see Keep your team updated with News on your Group team site.
Fans of cross-platform coding will be happy to know that Visual Studio, a “a true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#,” will arrive for Mac during the Connect() conference in November. The move places Microsoft’s IDE on Macs. The IDE follows Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s code editor, to OS X.
Why is Microsoft seemingly abandoning the quest for Windows hegemony? The writing is one the wall: cloud computing is there future and tools like AWS and Azure are quickly replacing the local server. Microsoft is losing out to tools like Docker and Heroku on the web and it’s only a matter of time before coders are more comfortable with their MacBooks and VIM than with Windows.
“They make their money off Azure and other services. In other words, they are making their money mainly off of developers now and its in their best interest to get on the good side of devs which is why they suddenly have a vested interest in open sourcing tools and helping Mac/Linux,” wrote Hacker News user BoysenberryPi.
The IDE is very similar to the one found on Windows. In fact, that is presumably the point. By making it easy for OS X users to switch back and forth between platforms Microsoft is able ensure coders can quickly become desktop agnostic or, barring that, give Windows a try again. From the release: