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Office 365 - Initiating sync between local drive and OneDrive

Instructions for setting up OneDrive to back up files automatically on your local hard drive. NOTE: This creates a special backup folder and only items stored in this backup folder, the "My Documents" folder, the "Pictures" folder and files on your desktop will be backed up. Network drive files need to be moved to this folder to be included in the backup.

Logging into the OneDrive application

  1. Click the grey OneDrive cloud icon in the system tray area near the clock in the lower right

    OneDrive tray icon

  2. Click Sign in

    OneDrive sign in dialog

  3. Enter your email address then click Sign in

    OneDrive sign in enter email

  4. Click Next

    OneDrive sign in

  5. Click Next

    OneDrive sign in

  6. Click Next

    OneDrive sign in

  7. Click Next

    OneDrive sign in

  8. Click Next

    OneDrive sign in

  9. Click Later

    OneDrive sign in

  10. Click "Open my OneDrive Folder"

    OneDrive sign in

  11. File explorer will open to your OneDrive folder which can be located in the left pane of file explorer:

    OneDrive folder location
Once the connection is made, any changes you make to the affected files -- whether on your local drive or within OneDrive -- will be synced with the other location.

If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or  You may also visit the Help Desk on the first floor of the Karrmann Library.

Keywords:OneDrive Backup microsoft initial setup   Doc ID:116361
Owner:Paul D.Group:UW Platteville
Created:2022-01-28 15:11 CDTUpdated:2022-02-02 16:27 CDT
Sites:UW Platteville
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