OneDrive on your PC

Applies to: Windows 10

OneDrive is free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account. Save your files in OneDrive folders and you'll be able to get to them from any PC, tablet, or phone.

Let's go over the basics. When you're ready to learn more, you can check out the OneDrive Help center, where you'll learn about managing and sharing files, syncing, working across devices, storage, troubleshooting, and more.

The basics


To access files in OneDrive, open File Explorer. Click on a OneDrive folder (it will have a cloud icon ) and you'll see the files in that folder. If you want to view a OneDrive folder or file online, right-click it and select View online.

To save a document you're working on to OneDrive, select a OneDrive folder from the list of save locations. To move files to OneDrive, open File Explorer and then drag the files into a OneDrive folder.

Screenshot of SkyDrive File being dragged into a SkyDrive folder

Want to see OneDrive in action? Watch the videos available in these articles:

You'll find more training videos in the OneDrive Help center.

No internet? No problem.


Files you save to OneDrive are available online at OneDrive.com and offline on your PC. That means you can open and change them anytime, even when you're not connected to the internet. When you reconnect, OneDrive updates the online versions with any changes you made offline.

Offline files come in handy when you’re without an internet connection, but they also take up space on your PC. If you turn on Files On-Demand, you can choose which files are always available locally on your device and which files are only available when you’re online. For more info about how to mark files or folders for offline use or as online-only, go to Learn about OneDrive Files On-Demand.

Stay in sync


File Explorer icons show you the sync status of your offline folders and files.

  • Image of sync icon
    It's in sync with online version.

  • Image of syncing icon
    It's getting in sync.

  • Image of out-of-sync icon
    The version on your PC is out of sync. To find out why, go to the right side of the taskbar, select the Show hidden icons arrow, press and hold (or right-click) OneDrive , and then select View sync problems. For more tips, see Fix OneDrive sync problems.

At the Office


Learn how to create and share Office docs through the OneDrive website—and get the apps that help you sync and edit docs on the go—in the Get started with OneDrive eBook.