Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How to share Large Files in Email

Microsoft OneDrive Direct File Download URL Maker

<iframe src="" width="98" height="120" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>  see instructions below, if you don't know how. NOTE : For images there an extra step below. and populate the text-box below. To proceed click "Get Download Link" button.

4. Now, Click on Get Download Link button.

Text-box will be highlighted so you can copy the full link. To copy, right-click and choose  "Copy" or simply (ctrl-c) to copy link. Note: Entire URL is automatic selected for your convenience.


How to get a Microsoft OneDrive Embed Code detailed instructions

  1. Goto OneDrive (
  2. Upload you file

  3. Right-click to "Embed" your uploaded file 

  4. Click Generate HTML Button.

  5. Copy and Paste HTML Code to Notepad

  6. Copy the all the embed code ie. <iframe src="" >...</iframe> and paste into  above.
  7. Done!

For Images, you have to do an extra step

  1. Right-click to "Share" your uploaded file

  2. Click Copy button. Updated Jan 01, 2017 API change.

    This will produce a share URL that looks like this,!AvOyviiXZJmPlSc1CjtKuwc_gqVu
  3. Paste share URL into and copy that URL. or

    The resulting Uncovered URL is in the format we need, and look like this.!2727&authkey=!ADUKO0q7Bz-CpW4&ithint=photo%2cjpg
  4. Paste "Uncovered URL" link into 3.1 OneDrive File Embed Link text-box above
    and click 4. "Get Download Link" button above.
  5. Right-click and choose "Select all" and "Copy".
  6. Paste the OneDrive Share Direct Download Link in emails instead.
  7. Done
OR for images only
  1. Updated June 07, 2016 API change!

    Right-click on image and select Embed. The Copy the URL to embed image now gives you direct download URL, but is super long.

    So you do not need to do the above! 

Using OneDrive as a CDN

Bonus : For images, read Using OneDrive as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) plausibility post.

A note about Sharing PDFs

Google Chrome Warning: Very large PDF files do not preview in Chrome
PDF files approx. over 100Mb in size, do not preview in Chrome, and you get a splash page to "For the best experience, open this PDF portfolio in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader"

You have to save the file first then open in Adobe Acrobat/Reader.

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