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Storing your documents online gives you access to them anywhere, on multiple devices. Online documents are also easier to share because you can link to them instead of sending email attachments. As an added bonus, you can read and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents in a web browser if they’re stored in an online location like or, if you’re using Microsoft 365 and SharePoint, on your team site or OneDrive for Business.

Upload personal documents to OneDrive

  1. Sign in with your Microsoft account at
    If you don’t have an account yet, sign up for one (You can use your own email address, or sign up for a new one as part of your new Microsoft account).

  2. On the OneDrive page, click Upload near the top of the page, and upload your files.
    Add files

Upload business documents to your team site or to OneDrive for work or school

If your organization has a Microsoft 365 plan, sign in with your organizational account to Microsoft 365. Or, go directly to your SharePoint site.

Decide whether this document belongs in your personal work storage area (OneDrive for work or school), or on a team or project storage area in your team site. To learn when to use each option, see Should I save files to OneDrive or SharePoint?

  1. To upload documents to OneDrive for work or school , at the top of the page, click OneDrive .To upload a document to your team site, click Sites, and then click Team Site.
    Office 365 navigation, showing location of OneDrive for Business and Sites

  2. In the Documents area, click New Document and then click Upload Existing File.
    Upload existing file


Use a OneDrive folder on your device

If you’ve downloaded the OneDrive app, you’ll see a folder called OneDrive on your device. Use that folder like any file storage folder. The documents you store there stay in sync with

OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer

Note: If you use Microsoft 365 or SharePoint you might see a OneDrive for work or school folder. The files you store there are synced with your OneDrive or team site library in Microsoft 365 or SharePoint. For more information, see Sync files with OneDrive in Windows.

Save directly from Office

If you have a recent version of Office you can save documents directly to online locations from your Office program. That eliminates the extra step of saving on your computer, then uploading.

In the newest version of Office

In Microsoft 365 programs, go to File > Save As > Add a Location, and then pick your team site, OneDrive for work or school, or OneDrive location and sign in. Once you’ve picked the location, it’s always listed in the places available to save a document.

Saving a file to OneDrive

In Office 2010

In Office 2010 (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), go to File > Save & Send, and then click Save to Web (OneDrive) or Save to SharePoint, and pick a location.

In OneNote 2010, go to File > Share, and then click Web and sign in to OneDrive, or click Network and pick a SharePoint location.

For details, see Save a document to your OneDrive from Office or Save a document to SharePoint from Office 2010.

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