URL of files on OneDrive changing

I use OneDrive to store images which I post on web pages, e.g. at this Community site. This involves using View original to open the image for copying and pasting. Twice in the past two days I've noticed that the URL of images has changed. For example, I posted this yesterday:

https://sbm6za-bn1305.files.1drv.com/y2pBSgzCDs7CgkU1cuNqP1mzaLIlF5r-EJSv4gJcrWvF5-8gjPWP3lIvmK2QQOgt8r-ciZc_kQ5RJgYKKYpF8VkZiw37-9yMDiqoDD7tEstv1MciVHydH4TSUlmELYGFBYxXZ-xAKUXPdFtTON356wbDIEIqHLy4l-3yTGD1eTYyfk/WLMail-store-folder-change.png

Today, that gives a 404 error, and I find that the URL has changed to

https://sbm6za-bn1305.files.1drv.com/y2p0aEzlLfrYn9zda72t5R3sOTxz5xmn21uRLKlSJ01LZAHCORWgTLmshW1ftLk7hkLKdVsM_Qzaz2VIHXOlRxVFW5tfkoY6K2MOl6WCFeiwiz9StdNdsfqrg-czVWmWNx2BNbCDQ_c0whZtCbTS9T4IIoEjqVqfQPm4bBjg1ygUKU/WLMail-store-folder-change.png

What is the reason for this? Do I run the risk that the 1271 screenshots I've posted on these pages will suddenly stop working?

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Hi,

This OneDrive Support forum was under maintenance. We re-launched our OneDrive forum on May 21st. That is the reason why you are unable to see your old posts on this website.

Thank you for understanding.

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That is the reason why you are unable to see your old posts on this website. 

Thanks. That's not the problem. I'm not trying to see old posts in the OneDrive forum. This is a problem at onedrive.com, where the URLs of image files stored there are changing. I don't see any connection between that and site maintenance at Microsoft Community. Can you please find out whether this was intentional and whether I'm going to have to relink more than 1,200 images?

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Hi,

I apologize for my previous reply. I had misunderstood the issue.

This behavior is by design “The URL’s will change when using “View Original”

Please use the embed function in OneDrive to embed the pictures in your posts.

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This behavior is by design “The URL’s will change when using “View Original”

Was that the response from the product team? If so, I don't understand it. I've been using the View original function for at least three years to acquire images to copy and paste into posts here. This has two principal advantages over using the editor's Insert image tool:

1.    The same image can be re-used many times;

2.    An image can be edited, after which every instance of the image will be updated.

What causes the URLs to change, and why? Many have remained constant for years.

Please use the embed function in OneDrive to embed the pictures in your posts.

That would require an HTML editor, which Microsoft Community doesn't have. Can you provide instructions for using the embed function at this site?

I've checked the last few posts I've made with embedded OneDrive images. Luckily, it seems to be only the ones uploaded to OneDrive and inserted into posts on 19, 20 and 21 May whose URLs have changed.

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Hi,

Thank you for the reply.

I suggest you to follow the steps given below.

a) Click on a photo....

b) Click on option "embed" it will generate an HTML link that needs to be posted to <head> <head> tag of the blog or forum or website.

You can also follow the steps given in the link below.

Embed files directly into your website or blog

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/embed-files-website-blog

Let us know if you need more help.

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Thanks again. This site (Microsoft Community) doesn't allow HTML editing. If I compose the HTML elsewhere, e.g. at TechNet, then paste the result into a post here, the forum software removes the embedded part.

That's not the problem. The problem is that the URL of an image file stored at OneDrive changes. This hasn't happened in the past three years while I've been inserting images in this way at this site. The example I gave above shows that the URL has changed yet again, as you'll see if you open those three links. Here's one I posted more than two years ago: What does this icon mean?

Here's an example of how the forums' own method is not friendly. Please click on the image in this post to see a bigger image: png no longer display in browser from forum here. If that image had been hosted at OneDrive, it would have opened in an adjacent browser window or tab. Because it's hosted here at the site, you have to launch some other preview program, wait for it to load and eventually display the image that should have been displayed at the first click.

I hope you'll find out whether the 'flexi-url' is here to stay, or whether this is a temporary phase.

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Hi,

When I tried to reproduce the issue, though the URL's are changing, but the content (photo) is still accessible.

As suggested by Pranav, please try this suggestion and see if the images from OneDrive are loading fine. 

  • Go to the OneDrive website.
  • You might need to sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Pick the file you want to embed by selecting the check box in the upper-right corner of the file.
  • Tap or click Embed on the top of the page, and then choose Generate.
  • Copy the URL and Now go to the message box of the Microsoft answer website.
  • Click on the Insert link option, and paste the URL that you copied.

    Thank you.

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    Thanks very much - this looks interesting. Here's an embedded OneDrive image file, using your technique:

    Now to find out what it looks like at the site.

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    Nope: the embed is stripped out:

    <div class="msgBody wrapWord fullMessage">
               
    <p class="contentStandard">Thanks very much - this looks interesting. Here's an embedded OneDrive image file, using your technique:</p>
    <p class="contentStandard"></p>
    <p class="contentStandard"></p>
    <p></p>
    <p class="contentStandard">Now to find out what it looks like at the site.</p>

            </div>

    It should have been between the <p></p> tags.

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