Well, that was harder than it should be. And it’s probably because with all the changes Microsoft has in store for Dropbox, er, I mean OneDrive for Business, they don’t really want us creating alerts on documents in our OneDrive for Business (or should I say My Sites, er, Personal Sites, wait no, SkyDrive Pro … wait no, right, ya, it’s OneDrive for Business now).
Looking to be alerted when changes occur on a document in your OneDrive for Business? (In our case, we have an automated script that updates a file weekly and I want to know it succeeds).
In simpler times in SharePoint, you’d simply click on the Ribbon and choose to add an Alert. But with all the changes to OneDrive for Business for “ease of use” for the “typical user”, this commonly requested feature is deeply buried. I’m going to help uncover it for you (at least at this writing, May 16, 2016 … your mileage, in this agile age, may vary).
We need to do a few things to “get there” to create an alert:
- You need to go to “classic OneDrive” mode. Oh, right. Easy … Nope, that isn’t enough, there’s more.
- In the Classic Mode, there is still no Ribbon. But you can now display it. Click the Settings “Cog” in the top bar
- Turn the Ribbon “On”
- Select your file
- Now set your Alert options
Hope that helps someone.
Karin created a video as well, providing a quick overview.