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Create a Personal Site Collection

A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström

SharePoint iconIn the previous articles we have looked at the default OneDrive for Business document library. This is a personal site collection available to each Office 365 account, but it is not straightforward to actually take advantage of it and use it with full SharePoint functionality.

Unfortunately Microsoft has removed the possibilities described here. This article will be removed as soon as the next edition of SharePoint Online from Scratch has been published. By keeping this article, we can reach book readers with the information.

New apps and subsites cannot be created directly from default OneDrive library, which is what you reach when you click on the OneDrive icon in the Office 365 App Launcher. Instead you have to go another way to get behind the scenes and reach the full SharePoint potential.

In the demo below Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, explains how to create a new OneDrive for Business subsite to take advantage of the all SharePoint features in a personal site collection.

OneDrive for Business logo

Selective synchronization

One way of taking advantage of your personal site collection is to create multiple document libraries. That way you can synchronize in a more controlled way. You can for example sync just some of the libraries or sync them with different devices.

Note that the "OneDrive" folder only contains the default OneDrive for Business library. The other libraries will show up under "SharePoint" or under a folder with your tenant name.

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