1. aliencatos's Avatar
    I think placeholders in Windows 8.1 is one of the very good feature in Windows 8.1 I was sad to see it won't be present in Windows 10...

    I'm still on windows 8.1 on my PC and laptop because of this...

    it look like a lot of people think the same thing...

    you can go on this site to give Microsoft comment about it and add vote, maybe it will force Microsoft to rethink this feature...

    to comment will go to Onedrive theme directly... I hope

    "Sync online only" for OneDrive ? Feature Suggestions for Microsoft OneDrive
    dgr_874 likes this.
    10-21-2015 07:23 PM
  2. _Emi_'s Avatar
    no.
    But OneDrive needs individual synching of files, and having said that, it needs an option to always download a folder and all the files inside it, so you don't need to download files everytime they are uploaded somewhere else like happened with Windows 8.1.
    Placeholder were a crappy implementation and if you had many GB uploaded, they would consume alot of space even if you didn't need to see all OneDrive files.

    But maybe it would be useful if they made something like placeholders but more like shortcuts, so they don't take space and really, they don't act like real full files that can cause a program to crash because when the program tries to open them, the files are not valid, since they are big and don't get downloaded quickly.
    Sometimes I remember on 8.1 I double click on files believing they were available and the software said it was opening them, but never happened, and program froze and in the end it took minutes and minutes and nothing. in the end I had to go and make them available on OneDrive's folder, manually, reopen the program or double click it and keep working.

    But I think having all OneDrive files structure displayed would be good so for example you can move files on OneDrive website and still have them downloaded instead of deleting the files off your computer because they are not checked on synched folders option like happens with Windows 10.

    so I don't miss placeholders but they have to work really to make it a really great and better service for everyone's usage, like options to download files individually, or folders but don't download files that can be uploaded in future like OneDrive root folder, or an option like windows 10 that always download a folder and files and future files uploaded to it, so important folders are sure to be up to date unlike Windows 8.1.

    So in my opinion, I think the idea of Placeholders idea should be thought more and not just give us that crappy implementation from 8.1 that was only useful with images formats and consumed alot of space.
    10-21-2015 09:28 PM
  3. aliencatos's Avatar
    no.
    But OneDrive needs individual synching of files, and having said that, it needs an option to always download a folder and all the files inside it, so you don't need to download files everytime they are uploaded somewhere else like happened with Windows 8.1.
    Placeholder were a crappy implementation and if you had many GB uploaded, they would consume alot of space even if you didn't need to see all OneDrive files.

    But maybe it would be useful if they made something like placeholders but more like shortcuts, so they don't take space and really, they don't act like real full files that can cause a program to crash because when the program tries to open them, the files are not valid, since they are big and don't get downloaded quickly.
    Sometimes I remember on 8.1 I double click on files believing they were available and the software said it was opening them, but never happened, and program froze and in the end it took minutes and minutes and nothing. in the end I had to go and make them available on OneDrive's folder, manually, reopen the program or double click it and keep working.

    But I think having all OneDrive files structure displayed would be good so for example you can move files on OneDrive website and still have them downloaded instead of deleting the files off your computer because they are not checked on synched folders option like happens with Windows 10.

    so I don't miss placeholders but they have to work really to make it a really great and better service for everyone's usage, like options to download files individually, or folders but don't download files that can be uploaded in future like OneDrive root folder, or an option like windows 10 that always download a folder and files and future files uploaded to it, so important folders are sure to be up to date unlike Windows 8.1.

    So in my opinion, I think the idea of Placeholders idea should be thought more and not just give us that crappy implementation from 8.1 that was only useful with images formats and consumed alot of space.
    Good thinking, just be able to see Everything without having to synchronize everything.... you should post that on the Link in my original post to be see by the OneDrive team...
    10-21-2015 09:46 PM
  4. Malcolm Clement's Avatar
    It's the reason I haven't moved to Windows 10 and won't until they come up with a better solution
    kwright62 likes this.
    10-22-2015 03:26 PM
  5. paulsalter's Avatar
    On my desktop I don't mind it as it is now, I just sync everything instead of just syncing something when I need it

    On my tablet I no longer use onedrive now placeholders has gone, they used so little space and made it very easy to see all content, with the correct header shown in explorer I could easily see what was offline and what was online only
    10-23-2015 04:45 AM
  6. kwright62's Avatar
    This is the reason I'm not on 10. I use touch screen extensively and the tiny icons in file manager impair my work.
    10-23-2015 05:16 AM
  7. elindalyne's Avatar
    This is the reason I'm not on 10. I use touch screen extensively and the tiny icons in file manager impair my work.
    You know that you can increase the size of the icon right?
    10-23-2015 01:24 PM
  8. kwright62's Avatar
    I've not figured out a way to increase the size of the folder icons in the file list on the left side of the screen. The file icons on the right side of the screen are easy. I appreciate any guidance on how to do this.
    11-07-2015 07:07 PM

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