I would like to put a shortcut on my Android phone's homescreen to a Word document file on OneDrive. When I touch the shortcut, the Microsoft Word app should open and allow for editing the file. If I save in Word, then the document should be uploaded to OneDrive online storage.

The OneDrive app allows me to put a shortcut (widget) to a folder but not a file. ES File Explorer allows me to put a shortcut to a file stored locally on the phone but not on a file stored on OneDrive.

I figure I need to download an app. Which app will work?

This question is similar except it is for Google Drive.

  • I'm coming from Windows world. In WP8 we could do it. With Windows 10 mobile we can pin only OneDrive folders but better than nothing. And now I think it's time to move to Android but this is a huge regression. Bad user experience... Nov 29, 2016 at 1:50

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It is possible to add a shortcut to your desired document on the Android Home Screen. To do this however, you have to have the Microsoft Office Apps, like Word and Excell installed. Then open Word and locate your document either locally or in One Drive. Click the three dots next to the document and select add to Home Screen.

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    And what if it's not a Microsoft Office document? Dec 1, 2016 at 6:47

Sure you can. Add a widget and select the folder you want, then Pin it.

Source: 10 Tricks to Make Yourself a OneDrive Master


Here is an all-purpose Shortcut Maker app.

After installing the app, go to Widgets by long-tapping the home screen and click on shortcut maker. Then add the required file from Onedrive.


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