How to Use OneDrive

“How to use OneDrive” is one of the most frequently asked questions in Microsoft-centered discussion boards online. In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, it’s possible to save your files and access them from any device like your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Formerly referred to as SkyDrive, OneDrive is a no-cost online storage space that is included in your MS account. It acts as an additional hard drive that’s available and easy to get to in whatever device you’re using. Once you understand how OneDrive works, you don’t need to send emails with attached documents to yourself or make sure that your multiple USB flash drives are with you all the time anymore. Instead, you can get into your files through the application.


Apart from the name change, Microsoft likewise upped the free storage space, included browser features, updated better integration into Windows 8, made Windows Phone inclusions, and even incorporated support for iPad and iOS. Now even with the said changes, the fundamental fact you should know on how to use OneDrive is you need to sign in with an MS account to browse your OneDrive and synchronize your files and settings. If you login with a local account, you can just use the app to browse your computer. To look through your OneDrive files, you need to visit the OneDrive website.

Using OneDrive is painless and clear-cut. You have two choices when adding your files to the application. You can either copy the files or move them. When there’s new data to save, you can pick OneDrive as the place to store the files so you can easily get them from whatever device you’re using and share them with others with others. Plus, if you have a built-in camera on your computer, you can easily save copies of your pictures in your OneDrive from your camera roll.

Here are additional tips on how to use OneDrive:

• The files you save can’t be over 10 GB in size. In some cases, OneDrive will prohibit you to save a file because of its content. Review Microsoft’s code of conduct for more information about this.
• For work related files or for business purposes, Microsoft advocates the use of OneDrive for Business.

• As aforementioned, most devices running Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 are already set up with OneDrive. However, you can also install the application to Windows 7. During installation you will need to determine which folders to sync.

• On most computers with MS as an operating system, OneDrive is the advisable location that shows up when you save Microsoft Office files such as Word docs, PowerPoint, PDFs, Excel worksheets, and other documents. To ensure your computer is set up to save automatically, review your OneDrive settings.

Aside from online backup service and the more traditional ways of manually saving and storing data, OneDrive is another great option to ensure that you will always have copies of your files. And since it’s free, students and “average” PC users can take advantage of it. If you’re a longtime user of OneDrive, what do you think are the major benefits of this free Microsoft online storage?