Getting Started with OneDrive

If you're new to Office Online or OneDrive getting started is simple. Just follow the instructions provided in this free lesson.

Installing the Microsoft OneDrive app

If you prefer working in the desktop, you can download the OneDrive desktop app. This will add a OneDrive folder to your File Explorer. When you move files into this folder, they will automatically be uploaded to OneDrive, and you can access them anywhere you go. You'll even be able to access any files stored on your computer remotely, even if you haven't uploaded the files to OneDrive.

In this example, we'll install OneDrive for Windows. OneDrive is also available for Mac OS X, but keep in mind that the Mac installation process will be slightly different.

If you have Windows 8.1 or later, you already have the OneDrive app on your computer so you won't need to download and install it.

To install the OneDrive app:

  1. Navigate to the Download OneDrive page. Locate and select Download OneDrive for Windows.
    Screenshot of Microsoft OneDrive
  2. Once the file is downloaded, open it and follow the instructions to install OneDrive.
  3. OneDrive is now installed on your computer. A OneDrive folder will be added to your Windows Explorer. We'll talk more about using this folder in our lesson on how to Upload, Sync, and Manage Files.
    Screenshot of Microsoft OneDrive