What is Microsoft OneDrive and How do I use it?

OneDrive is a file hosting and sharing service that is included in Office 365 suite of applications available to university faculty, staff, and students. The current storage limit for OneDrive users is 15 gigabytes per file and up to 1 terabyte per user.

OneDrive offers similar features that are available with DropBox and Box applications, and should be used instead of these services for storing and sharing of university related files.

OneDrive allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device. 

There are three different ways that you can interact with your OneDrive:

  1. Using a Web browser, log into mySFA, click the Office 365 Apps button, and then click on OneDrive. This web interface will allow you to upload files to your OneDrive in the cloud, and view and download files that are already there. You do not need to install anything on your computer to use this method.
  2. You can install the OneDrive Client on your PC or Mac. This will create a local folder called "OneDrive" on your hard drive. The client will constantly synchronise contents of this local folder with the contents of your OneDrive in the cloud.
  3. You can save files directly to OneDrive in the cloud from most of Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. You can also open files for editing using these same apps directly from OneDrive in the cloud without having to download them to your local drive first.

ITS’s Help Desk is your main contact for technology-related questions. Contact us via email at helpdesk@sfasu.edu or by phone at 936.468.4357, or visit the Services section to open a support ticket.



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