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Introduction to Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 10

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Introduction to Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 10

Introduction to Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 10

Similarly as with each past version of Windows,  you can manage files stored on local drives and on any network to which you’re connected. Windows 10 additionally support Microsoft’s cloudbased storage services, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

What’s the difference between those two products?

  • OneDrive is a free service intended for consumers. New accounts receive 5 GB of cloud storage for free and can pay for additional storage. A paid subscription to Office 365 Home or Personal upgrades OneDrive storage to 1 TB per user.

  • OneDrive for Business provides 1 TB of cloud-based file storage for anyone who subscribes to a Business or Enterprise edition of Office 365.


Tiered pricing enables you to increase the storage and feature capabilities of OneDrive:

  • 50GB of storage for $1.99 per month.

  • 1TB, premium features and Office 365 Personal for $69.99 per year (or $6.99 per month).

  • 5TB (1,000 GB per user), premium features and Office 365 Home for $99.99/year (or $9.99 per month).


These premium features include document scanning with the OneDrive mobile app, increased file-sharing limits and access to the full version of the Office 365 suite of services. and Microsoft offers users a chance to earn more storage through referrals. Each new user that signs up through your link will earn both people an additional 0.5GB, though the referral method is capped at 10GB.

To set up OneDrive out of the blue on a PC running Windows 10, type the email address related with your Microsoft account in the dialog box and afterward click Sign In.



After you enter your password, the setup wizard shows you a dialog box in which displays the default folder for the local copies of your synced files. You can click Next to accept that setting or click Change Location to choose a different folder.



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By default, OneDrive synchronizes files between your Windows 10 PC and the cloud, keeping the local copies in a folder within your user profile. This step of the initial setup is your only chance to change that location.


The OneDrive setup wizard creates a folder called OneDrive in your user profile folder and then syncs your cloud files to this folder. However, if you want those files stored elsewhere—if you have a desktop PC with a relatively small SSD as the system drive and a much larger data drive, for example—now is the time to click Change Location and specify that alternative folder.

At the next setup screen, you’re given the option to choose which files are synced to your local folder. The default setting is Sync All Files And Folders In My OneDrive. That’s fine if you store a relatively small collection of documents, photos, and music files in the cloud. But if your cloud storage is overstuffed and your free space for local storage is small, that option won’t work.



When the OneDrive setup wizard detects that you don’t enough space to sync all files and folders, the Next button is dimmed and you can’t click it. The only way to proceed is to clear the Sync All Files And Folders In My OneDrive box and then select individual folders that will fit.

After setting up a personal OneDrive folder, the sync process begins automatically. To monitor its progress, click the cloud icon in the notification area.



If you have a OneDrive for Business account, you use the same client to sync its files to a separate local folder. Right-click the OneDrive icon in the notification area, click Settings, click the Account tab, and then click Add A Business Account button.



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To sync all or part of a OneDrive for Business account to local folders, click Add A Business Account, sign in with your Office 365 credentials, and follow the setup steps.


The means related with setting up synchronization for an OneDrive for Business account are almost indistinguishable to those for an personal OneDrive account, with the same option to select all or some folders to sync.


How to manually upload with File Explorer

  1. Open your File Explorer and locate the files or folders to upload.
  2.  Click and hold on the file or folder icon, or a grouped selection, and drag them to OneDrive folder in the Navigation pane.


How to manually upload to OneDrive.com

   1. Sign into OneDrive.com with your Microsoft account.
   2. Select Upload, then Files or Folder.
   3. Select the files or folders to upload.
   4. Click Open.



How to save from any Office 365 app

   1. Click on File, then Save.
   2. Choose Save As and select OneDrive – Personal as the destination.
   3. Type the name in the Enter file name here field.
   4. Click Save.


At any point that a connected device makes changes to a file, OneDrive will register the change when it syncs and makes it available to all access points. Files from your local OneDrive folder will open just as they would from any location in the File Explorer. For OneDrive.com, it's just as easy.

The OneDrive sync software is included in Windows 10, organization can use Group Policy to disable OneDrive from synchronizing with the cloud or connecting to other apps. This setting is available in Group Policy Editor under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive. If you’re running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor to change the same setting.



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