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External Folder Sharing with without sign-in

Number 1 limitation is the fact that we cannot share folders without requiring users to sign-in. Adoption of this product will be limited without this feature.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I need to share 2 word documents through One Drive shared links. I want people to access those documents without having to be signed in. However, when I try to go to One drive Admin center it says "access denied", despite I'm using my personal institutional email account, where I want to upload the documents to share. Is there any other way to share links without having to be signed in? Any tutorial /guidelines/how to instrcutions will be much appreciated.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        but pictures dont appear. no matter what, if you have logo on the site , it shows as broken image.

      • Gary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This still appears to request a log-in when the link is accessed via Explorer or Edge, but works perfectly in Safari and Chrome. Is there anything incoming to allow no sign-in in Edge and Explorer as it seems to complicate using the shared folder option.

        This is particularly tricky for us as our head office have stipulated we must only use Sharepoint for file sharing (no Dropbox or WeTransfer for us :-( )

      • veny commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It looks like external users can't create folders? Will this be enabled at some point? The setting in SP Admin center is only for View, Edit & Upload.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This still doesn't work for me when I want to share a document. I want to share a form for collaboration, and the users are required to sign-in.

      • Luke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This was not actually fixed. Only individual documents can be shared one at a time.

      • Justin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Will someone please explain HOW you turn off the requirement for Sharing Externally with links sign in? I cannot find this feature anywhere.

      • Rockie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi guys! it works.. You need to disable "Lockdown" feature in 'Site collection features'.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not working for me either.
        I have checked every setting I can find, spent at least 30 minutes on this, yet I still cannot create a link without sign in. Please fix this or help me find what is wrong.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is not done. At all. When I go to an office 365 group (where 99% of our company's file are), I select "share" and the anonymous access link appears disabled.

        All the settings in sharepoint and onedrive admin panels are correct as was verified for 30 minutes by a MSFT tech support assistant after which we reset all sharing.

        This is a critical feature. Please deal with it.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great, so we can generate a link for external users to access a folder within a SharePoint document library (yee!). So what's stopping us from getting a link for the document library itself, and for other types of SP lists? It would make so much more sense, plus external users can already do it by editing the URL for a shared folder after accessing it. Come on, guys!

      • chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be best that you can set a sub site that allows access without a Microsoft sign-in.
        when you are working with customers all around the world I do not expect all customers to have a Microsoft account, let alone force them to create one, when perhaps we wish to share content with them direct from our department, not necessarily from the company as a whole. especially when perhaps we would like them to complete a survey form which we would like to be hosted in said SharePoint sub site.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You can already activate the external sharing capabilities in SharePoint Admin Center, or in OneDrive AdminCenter.

      • Aaron Ott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am experiencing an issue with a client using SharePoint who is sharing with external users and not requiring sign-in. Only a user with sharepoint admin rights can uncheck the "require sign-in" box. Standard users do not see that option and all shares to external users from standard internal users all require sign-in. This should not be the case.

      • Sudarshan Bodke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When we select a folder, and create a share link via "View Link- No Sign in Required", the user is still prompted to input credentials.

        When will this be fixed?

        Is there something to be done from our end for this ?

      • Riley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It looks like this was recently added to both our production and our first-release tenants. I can now share folders using the Get Link feature and the options for "View/Edit Link - No Sign-In Required" are now available. I haven't seen an official announcement yet though. Can this status be changed now?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I noticed that this is now finally available if you are part of the early release schedule in Office 365 - I just confirmed it is working for me now. I'm not sure when it will be available generally, but I suspect it should be soon since it is part of the early release.

      • Mario P. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Working with SharePoint users since 2013
        I'm glad this is already being worked on 3 years later.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Number 1 limitation for this service I think, and I agree with others, please provide a ETA if available.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes this is necessary for us as a company to continue using OneDrive for sharing with clients.

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