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OneDrive: Transforming Digital Collaboration

OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, revolutionizes the way we store, access, and share our digital content. As an integral part of the Microsoft 365 suite, OneDrive offers users a seamless and secure platform to store files, documents, photos, and more in the cloud. With the convenience of any time, anywhere access, OneDrive enables users to collaborate effortlessly, bridging the gap between personal and professional realms. This versatile cloud service not only provides ample storage space but also ensures data integrity and synchronization across devices. Join us as we delve into the world of OneDrive Tutorials, exploring its features, benefits, and the transformative impact it has on modern digital workflows.

Video Tutorials for Microsoft OneDrive

Onedrive Getting Started Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconOneDrive – Getting started
Installing Onedrive On Androids Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconInstalling OneDrive on Androids
Installing Onedrive On Iphones Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconInstalling OneDrive on iPhones
Navigating Onedrive Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconNavigating OneDrive
Using Onedrive Mobile App Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconUsing OneDrive mobile app
Uploading Files And Folders Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconUploading files and folders
Creating Files And Folders Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconCreating files and folders
Deleting Files In The Cloud Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconDeleting files in the cloud
Restoring Onedrive Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconRestoring OneDrive
Deleting And Restoring Files Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconDeleting and restoring files
Sharing Files And Folders Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconSharing files and folders
Syncing Files And Folders Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconSyncing files and folders
Files On Demand Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconFiles on Demand
Managing Pc Disk Space Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconManaging PC disk space
Onedrive Backup Microsoft Onedrive Tutorials IconOneDrive backup

OneDrive – Getting started

Getting started with OneDrive basics at work

OneDrive gives you one place to store, share, and sync your work or school files.

As part of your organization’s Office 365 subscription, you can save your files in OneDrive, and then work with them from almost any device.

Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account, so you can:

  • Upload files from your PC or Mac.
  • Share files with others.
  • Give others permission to edit files and work on them simultaneously.
  • Get to your files from anywhere, on your computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Sync OneDrive to your PC or Mac, so you can access your files even when you’re offline.

OneDrive basics for work or school

When using OneDrive, some fundamentals will help you find files and folders, and get information about them.

Navigation pane
  • Files is your home base where you can find all of your files and folders.
  • Recent shows the files you worked on last.
  • Shared are the files others have shared with you and the files you’ve shared with others.
  • Discover shows files that are trending around you from people you work with.
  • Recycle bin shows your deleted files and folders.
  • Shared libraries show files in recently visited Teams and SharePoint sites.
Toolbar
  • Select New to create files or folders.
  • Select Upload to add files or folders to your OneDrive storage.
  • Select Sort Sort Icon In Microsoft Oned to change how you’d like to view your files.
  • Select View Icon For View Changing Feature In Microsoft Oned to change the view.
  • Select InformationIcon For Selected Item Information In Microsoft Oned
  • to see details like who Has Access and Activity.
    Or, hover the cursor over a file and information will appear.
  • Use keywords and tags to Search for files or folders.

Note: When you select a file or folder, the toolbar will change, letting you choose what you’d like to do with the file or folder: Open, Share, Copy link, Download, Delete, Move to, or Copy to.

Using OneDrive Mobile App

  • Open your files in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to edit them.
  • Share, delete, move, or rename files.
  • Save files offline so you can view or edit them when you’re not connected to the internet.
  • Create new files and folders, take photos or videos, and upload new files.
  • Use Scan to turn a document, whiteboard, or business card into a PDF that you can annotate and share with others.
  • Switch between multiple OneDrive accounts.

Now that OneDrive is on your mobile device, you can:

Installing OneDrive on Androids

With OneDrive on your Android phone or tablet, your files are secure and accessible from anywhere, on all your devices.

  1. Download the OneDrive app from the Google Play store.
    Note: If you have a Windows 10 phone, you already have the OneDrive app.
  2. Sign in with the work or school account you use for OneDrive, to see and share your files stored in OneDrive.
  3. To add another account, like your personal OneDrive account, tap the Accounts and Settings icon Accounts And Settings Icon In Microsoft Onedand then tap Add account.

If you have Office mobile apps, like Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can also open, view, and edit your OneDrive files.

Installing OneDrive on iPhones

With OneDrive on your iPhone or iPad, your files are secure and accessible from anywhere, on all your devices.

  1. Download the OneDrive app from the Apple App Store.
  2. Sign in with the work or school account you use for OneDrive to see and share your files stored in OneDrive.
  3. To add another account, like your personal OneDrive account, tap the Accounts and Settings icon Accounts And Settings Icon In Microsoft Oned
  4. and then tap Add account.
  5. If you have Office mobile apps, like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can also open, view, and edit your OneDrive files from there.

Uploading files and folders

How to upload files and folders in Microsoft Teams

Upload files
  1. Select Upload.
    Note: In Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, select Upload > Files.
  2. Select the file or files you want to upload.
  3. Select Open.
Upload folders in Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome
  1. Select Upload > Folder.
  2. Select the folder.
  3. Select Upload.
Upload folders in other browsers
  1. Select New > Folder to create a folder.
  2. From the folder you want to upload, select the files.
  3. Drag and drop the files into the new folder you created in OneDrive.

Note: You can also upload files by opening File Explorer, selecting the files you want to upload, and dragging them to OneDrive for Business.

Creating files and folders

How to create files and folders in Microsoft OneDrive

With your files saved to OneDrive, you can create files and folders to manage your work.

Create a file in OneDrive
  1. Select New and choose the type of file you want.
  2. To rename the file, click the file name in the title bar, for example, Document, and then type a name.
    All changes are automatically saved in the Office online apps, so when you go back to OneDrive, your new file is already saved.
Create a file in an Office desktop app
  1. Open a desktop app, like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
  2. Select File > Save As.
  3. Select your OneDrive work or school account.
  4. Type a name for the file and select Save.
Create folders
  1. Select New > Folder.
  2. Type a name for the folder and select Create.
  3. Select the files you want and drag them into the folder.

Deleting files in the cloud

How to delete files in Microsoft OneDrive

When you delete a file or folder on OneDrive with one device, you won’t be able to find it on your other devices. All deleted files go into the Recycle bin, where you have a chance to restore it.

  1. Select the file or files you want to delete.
  2. Select Delete. The files move to the Recycle bin.

Note: If you’re signed into OneDrive with a Microsoft business account, items in the recycle bin are automatically deleted 93 days after they’re put there. If your recycle bin is full, the oldest items will be automatically deleted after three days.

Restoring OneDrive

You may never need to restore your OneDrive, but if lots of your files get deleted, overwritten, or infected by malware, you can restore your entire OneDrive to a previous time.

  1. Go to your Office 365 Portal
  2. Select the OneDrive icon. Onedrive Icon In Office 365 Po
  3. At the top of the page, select Settings > Restore your OneDrive from the left navigation.
  4. On the Restore page, select a date from the drop-down list or select Custom date and time.
  5. Use the activity chart and activity feed to review the recent activities that you want to undo.

Note: The Restore your OneDrive option isn’t available in the classic experience of OneDrive for Business or without an Office 365 subscription.

Deleting and restoring files

When you delete a file or folder,it goes into the Recycle bin, where you have a chance to restore it.

Delete files
  1. Select the file or files you want to delete.
  2. Select Delete. The files move to the Recycle bin.
Restore files
  1. Select the Recycle bin.
  2. If you want all of your files back, select Restore all items.
  3. Or, select only the files you want and click Restore.

The file is returned to its original location.

Note: If you’re signed into OneDrive with a Microsoft account, items in the recycle bin are automatically deleted 30 days after they’re put there. If your recycle bin is full, the oldest items will be automatically deleted after three days. If you’re signed in with a work or school account, items in the recycle bin are automatically deleted after 93 days, unless the administrator has changed the setting.

Sharing files and folders

How to share files and folders with Microsoft 365 Business

When you use Microsoft 365 Business and save your files to OneDrive or SharePoint, sharing your files is the same wherever or however you work.

Share a file or folder
  1. With a file open or a file or folder selected, select Share.
  2. If you are working on your desktop and the file hasn’t been saved to OneDrive or SharePoint, select a location where you want to upload your file.
  3. Select the down arrow to choose permissions for the link you will be sharing. Options include:
  • Anyone (if your organisation allows it)
  • People in your organisation
  • Specific people
  1. Select Apply to save the permissions.
  2. Enter the name or email address of the people you want to share with.
  3. Type a message.
  4. Select Send.
    Or, you can select Copy Link and send the link in an email or add it to a file.

Syncing files and folders

Syncing OneDrive files and folders

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to them from anywhere.

Note: If you’re on Windows 10, your computer already has the OneDrive sync app on it. If you’re on a Mac or an earlier version of Windows, download the OneDrive app.

Sync OneDrive to your computer

  1. Select Start, type OneDrive, and then select OneDrive.
  2. Sign in to OneDrive with the account you want to sync and finish setting up.
    Your OneDrive files will start syncing to your computer.

Work with your files in your file system

Once you’re synced, you’ll see your files in File Explorer. On a Mac, your files will appear under OneDrive in the Mac Finder.

If you use more than one account, your files appear under OneDrive – Personal and your work or school files appear under OneDrive – Company Name.

You can copy or move files from your computer to OneDrive right from your file system.

You can also click the OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows notification area to check status on your files. Click Settings to add an account or manage other sync settings.

Files on demand

Sync files with OneDrive Files On-Demand

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, you can get to all your files in OneDrive or SharePoint Online, without having to download them and use storage space on your device.

Note: With Windows 10 version 1809 and later, Storage Sense is available to automatically free up disk space by making older, unused, locally available OneDrive files available online-only.

Turn on Files On-Demand in OneDrive

  1. Select the white or blue OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows notification area. Icons For Microsoft Onederive In Windows Notification

If you’re on Windows 10, your computer already has the OneDrive desktop app on it, but you’ll need to turn on Files On-Demand in OneDrive settings:

  1. Select Settings Icon For Accessing To Settings Of Microsoft Onedrive
  1. Select Settings > Save space and download files as you use them.

Hints:

  • To make a file always available, even when you’re offline: Right-click it and select Always keep on this device.
  • To change a file back to an online-only file: Right-click it and select Free up space.

Work with files in Files On-Demand

Icon For On Demand Files In Microsoft Oned

When Files On-Demand is on, you’ll see new status icons next to each of your SharePoint files. You can now copy or move files from your computer to SharePoint Online straight from your file system.

Icon For Only Online Available Files In Microsoft Oned

Save space on your device by making files online-only. These files are only available when you’re connected to the Internet, but don’t take up space on your computer.

Icon For Locally Available Files In Microsoft Oned

When you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and becomes locally available. You can open a locally available file at anytime even without Internet access.

Managing PC disk space

Use Storage Sense and OneDrive to manage space

Windows 10 Storage Sense works with OneDrive to automatically free up space by making locally available OneDrive files that you aren’t using anymore online-only again.

Important: Storage Sense is a silent assistant that works on your behalf with very little setup. Storage Sense is available for Windows 10 version 1809 and later.

  1. Select the Start Menu, and search for Storage settings.
  2. Under Storage, turn on Storage Sense by shifting the toggle to On.
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Note: Any files you haven’t used in the last 30 days can be set to online-only when your device runs low on free space. You will also be able to schedule how often Storage Sense runs.

OneDrive backup

How to backup your OneDrive

You can ensure your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) are protected and available on other devices using OneDrive.

  1. Select the blue cloud icon in the Windows notification area, select More > Settings, then Backup > Manage backup.
  2. Select the folders that you want to back up.
  3. Select Start backup.

You can back up a maximum of 1TB with your Office 365 subscription.

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