Quick Start- OneDrive (personal)

Upload files and folders

Upload and save files and folders to OneDrive

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Note: This Quick Start is for OneDrive for home and personal accounts. For work and school accounts, see OneDrive for work or school Quick Start.

Use OneDrive in your browser

  1. Sign in to office.com.

    Sign in to https://login.partner.microsoftonline.cn and select OneDrive.

    Sign in to https://portal.office.de and select OneDrive.

  2. Select the app launcher icon  App Launcher , and then select OneDrive.

  3. Pick a file or folder by selecting the circle in the upper corner of the item, and then select a command at the top of the page.

A browser window with the Office 365 app launcher open and the OneDrive app highlighted

Upload files or folders to OneDrive

You can store over 300 types of files on OneDrive. With Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome:

  1. Select Upload > Files or Upload > Folder.

  2. Select the files or folder you want to upload.

  3. Select Open or Select Folder.

With other browsers:

  • Select Upload, select the files you want to upload, and select Open.

  • If you don't see Upload > Folder, create a folder, and then upload the files to that folder.

Screenshot showing Upload selected

Note: If you have the OneDrive sync app installed, you can also upload with File Explorer. Select the files you want to upload, and drag them to OneDrive in the File Explorer Navigation pane.

Save a file to OneDrive

  1. Select File > Save a Copy > OneDrive - Personal.

  2. Select Enter file name here and type a name.

  3. If you want to save to another folder, select Browse, and select the folder you want.

  4. Select Save.

The next time you open the Office app, you'll see your saved file in the Recent list.

The locations list on the Save a copy page of a Word document.

Note: Requires Microsoft 365, Office 2019, or Office 2016.

If you don't see OneDrive - Personal in the list:

  1. Select Add a Place

  2. Select OneDrive and sign into your Microsoft account.

Screenshot of the Add a Place button and Add a Place list on the Save As page of Word.

Use OneDrive on your desktop

If you use Windows 10, OneDrive may have already asked you to sign in to sync your files.

In File Explorer, select OneDrive – Personal.

If OneDrive isn't setup, see:

File Explorer open with OneDrive-Personal selected

Need more help?

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Get online help
See more support pages for OneDrive and OneDrive for work or school.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

OneDrive Admins can also view the OneDrive Tech Community, Help for OneDrive for Admins.

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Contact Support
If you still need help, contact support through your browser or shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app.

OneDrive Admins can contact Microsoft 365 for business support.

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Got feedback?
OneDrive UserVoice is your place to suggest the features you’d like to see us add to OneDrive. While we can’t guarantee any specific features or timelines, we will respond to every suggestion that gets at least 500 votes.

Go to the OneDrive UserVoice.

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