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How can I save email attachments in Hotmail directly to my SkyDrive without first downloading them to my computer?

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migrated from superuser.com Jun 19 '13 at 19:58

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You can't, unless it is for e-mail attachments you are sending.

From a Microsoft rep directly (via this forum which is available now only due to Google cache):

there is a feature in Hotmail that allows the attachments that you’ll be sending, to be saved directly to your SkyDrive account. To enable this feature, please refer to the steps below: Sign in to your Hotmail account and go to your inbox. Click on Options located under your profile name, choose More options. Under Writing email, click on Attachments. Choose the option Always send files using SkyDrive. Click Save button.

This feature is only for the attachment that you, as the sender, will attach. There is no option that will directly save the attachment you received in your account, to your SkyDrive. For this case, you really have to download the attachment first and then manually upload it to your SkyDrive account.

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well that's a bummer – Zachary Jun 18 '13 at 14:53
If that forum were still open, I would say you should pile on. ...but maybe MS is listening anyway. :) (Are you hearing this, Bing?) – A.M. Jun 18 '13 at 14:59
"via this forum which is available now only due to Google cache" "If that forum were still open" - What in blazes are you on about? answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/skydrive-files/… – Karan Jun 18 '13 at 19:40
The link I had for that site would not work. Only going to the Google cache did. That's just the way it happened. – A.M. Jun 18 '13 at 19:48
...nice to know the spot is there for the OP to voice his concern, though. – A.M. Jun 18 '13 at 19:48

You could use IFTTT (If This Then That) to do this. Create a filter in Hotmail which forwards mail with attachments or manually forward attachments to trigger@recipe.ifttt.com. Then use this recipe and connect to your Hotmail and Skydrive account.

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You can save attachments from Hotmail to the SkyDrive without having to download them.

The steps to follow are

  • Open the email in Hotmail and click the "View online" link
  • The document will open in the appropriate Office Web App viewer. Click the "Edit in Browser" link
  • The document will automatically be saved in your "My Documents" folder on SkyDrive

That is it your document has been saved on SkyDrive without you downloading the file locally.

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What if the attachment isn't a file format that the viewer recognizes? – Al E. Jul 16 '13 at 14:13
That will only work if it is an editable document and will not work with images, PDF's etc. – user81675 Nov 19 '14 at 11:25

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