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Add a PIN Code to the OneDrive App for Windows Phone

You can now add a 4-digit PIN Code to the OneDrive app to prevent people from using the app to view, edit or delete your files.

Open up the OneDrive App > tap the three horizontal bars found at the top left hand side of screen. Then tap Settings (found on the bottom of the screen) > Options.

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Tap PIN (to turn the option ON), then enter your 4-digit PIN in the spaces provided.

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Now when you open up the OneDrive app, you’ll be prompted to input your 4-digit PIN before you can gain any access to the files.

Don’t feel too secure with this 4-digit PIN through since it only applies to the OneDrive app.  Anyone who uses your phone can still gain access to your files via the Office app (which provides access to all your documents on OneDrive) or the Photo hub (which provides access to any photos that have been uploaded or stored on OneDrive).

I tweeted this deficiency out on Twitter, to which I received the following reply from  @onedrive:

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Bookmarking websites has been my modus operandi for almost as long as I’ve been on the internet.  However, bookmarking is not an ideal method for keeping track of websites and blogs for several reasons:

  • Bookmarks can become unwieldy in a short period of time.  You can easily wind up with hundreds of bookmarked URLS scattered across numerous folders on several different computers.
  • Switching back and forth between browsers complicates things.  If you switch back and forth between a couple of different browser (i.e., Internet Explorer and Firefox) you can waste a lot of time looking for bookmarks in your different browsers.
  • Switching back and forth between home and work computers as well as mobile devices like phones and tablets also complicates things.
  • Bookmarks are static and don’t notify you when new material is available.  You’ll probably wind up opening lots of different bookmarks only to find that the content hasn’t changed.  For some dynamic websites where content changes frequently, you might miss interesting content if you’re busy with other things and don’t get a chance to review the site.

To improve your current situation and gain some efficiencies, think about subscribing to your favorite blogs’ RSS feeds.

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Backup options on Windows Phone

In an earlier article, I discussed how you can backup your contacts, calendars, and tasks from a windows phone by syncing the data to an Outlook.com account. This article continues that discussion by describing additional backup options on Windows Phone 8.x that you can use to automatically backup a phone’s apps, settings, text messages, photos and videos to OneDrive.

You can access these options on a Windows Phone by going to Settings > Backup.

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Export Contacts from the People Hub of Outlook.com

Exporting the contacts that are stored in the People Hub of an Outlook.com account to a CSV file is fast, easy and convenient.  All you need to do is:

  • Log into https://people.live.com/ from a computer browser – you will use the email address and password that is associated with the outlook.com account to log into the account
  • Click Manage > Export for Outlook.com and other services

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  • You will see a prompt on the bottom of the screen, “Do you want to open or save OutlookContacts.csv from people.live.com?”

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  • Click the Save button to save the csv file to the computer’s download folder.

Filtering Appointments from the Calendar Hub on Windows Phone

When you create a new account on windows phone by going to settings > email + accounts, you can also choose to sync the calendar that is included with the account, along with any related email, contacts, and tasks.

emailaccounts2If you don’t want to sync the calendar at all (so appointments are NOT stored on the phone at all), you would remove the checkmark in the box next to “Calendar” under the “Content to sync” heading.

Calendars (and their related appointments and events) that are synced to a phone are stored on the phone, but they can be hidden from view in the Calendar hub via the phone’s calendar filter settings.

 

 

 

 

This article describes how you can toggle the calendar filters on and off.

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Filtering Contacts in the People Hub

When you create a new account on windows phone by going to settings > email + accounts, you can also choose to sync the contacts that are included with the account, along with any related email, calendar, and tasks.

emailaccounts2If you don’t want to sync the contacts at all (so contacts are NOT stored on the phone at all), you would edit the account in the email + account settings to remove the checkmark in the box next to “Contacts” under the “Contact to sync” heading.

Contacts that are synced to a phone can be hidden from view in the People hub via the phone’s People hub filter settings.

 

 

 

 

This article describes how you can toggle the contact filter on and off.

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