How to Use OneDrive

Uploading your files to the cloud makes them accessible anywhere. This is more convenient because they are stored in remote servers. If you have a hardware failure, all your files are saved online and you wouldn't have to worry about losing your data. Microsoft OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive, Windows Live SkyDrive, and Windows Live Folders) is one of the many cloud storage vendors.


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    Sign in using your Microsoft account. If you do not have a Microsoft account, one can be created for free. Visit and select Sign up now at the bottom of the page.
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    Fill out all the fields in the signup form. When choosing the @ domain for your email, you have 2 options. You can have an email that is "@outlook." or "@hotmail."followed by your country URL extension (e.g. .ca). In the US it follows by "com" only.
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    Go to top left corner and select the app switcher. From the dropdown menu select "OneDrive".
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    You will be taken to your OneDrive page. This is your personal file repository. At the bottom left of your screen, select "Get the OneDrive apps".
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    Choose the appropriate edition of OneDrive. If you are a regular person, select just select "OneDrive".
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    Download and launch the setup file. When it's finished, run the OneDrive application.
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    Click on "Get Started" button. Login to OneDrive with your Microsoft Account.
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    The OneDrive file sync application has been installed on your computer.
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    Click on "Next" button.
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    Click on "Done" button.
    • OneDrive has successfully installed on your device.
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    Click on the small caret on the quick launch. It shows the hidden icons; among them OneDrive icon. A moving green line means OneDrive is being updated.
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    Utilize your OneDrive for share and team work. Among your documents you have a place for "Public" files. Put some files there. Open the "Public" to see them. In the Demo picture, there are two files.
    • One is actually OneDrive executable file that you can download and run to install OneDrive. In the demo it is shown to the reader that it is even possible to upload .exe (Windows Executable) files in the SkyDrive. It is important for the team works to have such a capacity for beta testing and other purposes.
    • Other file is just a notepad. It is a draft of this article to back it up.
    • Select this one by ticking the box in front of its name. If you like to embed it in your Blog or other Internet pages click on "Embed" on the right side pane to get the embedding HTML code.
    • If you like to share it, then click on "Share" in the right side panel.
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    Look at the widget that opens. It has different options.
    • You can send an email as a link to this file.
    • You can post it to Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn.
    • Sharing link could allow people only "View" your file without being able to modify it.
    • Sharing link could allow both "View" and "Edit" of the file.
    • Besides, being a "Public" file allows people to search it and if found through the Internet search engines to be viewed by the public. You can put your file in non-public folders if you want it to be of access of you-only or you and your team-only.
    • For any reason, you can shorten the link address to be more digestible, by clicking on the "Shorten" button. You can put that address in your browser right now and find out a draft of this article.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Account
  • Internet Connection

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