Create customized links to your files in the cloud
Get-My.link generates highly customizable pre-formatted links to your files and folders on OneDrive.
OneDrive offers limited out of the box capabilities to create links. Often it takes many clicks and manual editing to embed these links in your notes, blog, etc.
The primary reason I have created and use Get-My.link is to embed documents in my notes such that I have a thumbnail image of the document and a private link with the full file-path and filename, so that I can open the document or the containing folder for editing regardless of the device I have in hand and without having to download and re-upload the file into my notes.
Some people may say I am paranoid. I consider myself pragmatic but careful. I prefer the convenience of storing information in the cloud, but I am reassured by having a synchronized copy of my files on my PC. Without Get-My.link I simply could not find a way to include the full file-path information for my documents when creating links. Should I need to resort to finding the documents in my offline archive I would need the file path information to efficiently navigate my data. Also I am cautious about the security of the various note taking services I use. Storing my files in a more industrial grade solution like OneDrive mitigates some of the risks associated with the uncertain security of the note taking tools I have chosen to use.
With Get-My.link you can create up to 4 different customized link templates that are saved in your browser cookies for quick access whenever you need them.
Here are some examples of how you could use Get-My.link:
Using Get-My.link is simple.
OneDrive offers some default link generation capabilities. However, getting a link that looks good when embedded, or getting access to the full file-path of your file can be cumbersome or downright impossible. Getting links for multiple files at the same time is also not possible in OneDrive by default.
Get-My.link is safe. The app uses the standard OneDrive file picker offered by Microsoft. The application does not receive or store any of your information on the Get-My.link server, all the communication regarding your files are directly between Microsoft and your browser. The application also does not store any personal information, except for the cookies saved in your browser to allow retention of your customized links.
Get-My.link does not store any personal information remotely. The only information stored in your browser cookies are the customized links and cookies managed by Google Analytics.
Get-My.link is a hobby project, a simple utility function I created for myself and use as a productivity tool on a daily basis. Get-My.link is shared as-is. While I've done my outmost to ensure the website and the 3rd party components used are safe, by using Get-My.link you acknowledge and accept all risks associated with using this service.
Get-My.link may contain links to third-party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by Get-My.link. Get-My.link has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services.
By using Get-My.link you acknowledge and accept that I shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on Get-My.link and any 3rd party content, goods or services available on or through any 3rd party web sites or services accessible via Get-My.link.
OneDrive file picker issue on Android
I created Get-My.link for my own personal use, then decided to share it more widely. Maybe someone else will find it helpful as well. I store documents, pictures, ebooks, presentations, etc. on OneDrive and use Get-My.link to reference them in the personal notes I maintain in TheBrain and sometimes in other apps. I prefer to store the full file-path information of my files in my notes, because I can use the file path to locate the synchronized copy of the file on my PC, should I lose access to OneDrive for any reason and need a fallback solution to find my information. I prefer storing documents on OneDrive and embedding them in my notes using links, as with this approach I am able to edit embedded files even from my mobile devices.
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