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Office 365 - Accessing OneDrive

Instructions for accessing OneDrive, the storage component of Office 365

OneDrive is a part of your Office 365 account that provides file hosting service, allowing you to upload files and access them from a web browser.  As a member of UW-Platteville, OneDrive also allows you to share files with other UW-Platteville account holders and work on documents simultaneously.  See below for guidelines on storing and sharing campus files in OneDrive.

OneDrive is only accessible through the Outlook Web App.
  You cannot access OneDrive through the Outlook desktop client.

Accessing OneDrive

Login into your account through the email landing page at www.uwplatt.edu/go/email.

1.    Once in Office 365, click on the App Launcher
2.    Select OneDrive
 
Launch OneDrive

3.    To access an existing file in OneDrive, click the desired title.
4.    To access a file shared with you, select Shared with me from the left panel.
 Shared with me


5.    Click New to create new file; select the desired application or New Folder.
Create new file

6.    You may also choose  Upload to upload an existing file.

7.    To exit a file, click your name at the top left. For files shared with you, the name of the file’s creator will appear instead.
 Exit doc

8.    To exit OneDrive, open the App Launcher and select the desired feature.

NOTE: You can pin OneDrive or any app in Office 365 to your task bar for easy use.  Refer to Document 46538 is unavailable at this time. in the ITS Knowledge Base.

Guidelines for storing files in OneDrive

OneDrive storage is similar to your campus J-drive (USER) storage in that OneDrive is intended for personal versus department use (SHARED).  However, the share functionality makes OneDrive a handy tool for collaborating with colleagues. 

An important difference between OneDrive and your J-drive storage is that OneDrive is stored in “the cloud” rather than on campus servers.  Microsoft controls back-up, recovery, and security.  For this reason, while OneDrive’s share feature works well for collaborating with colleagues, certain types of information should not be stored there:
  • personally-identifiable information (social security numbers, bank account numbers, etc)
  • information of a confidential or sensitive nature
  • anything considered a source of record (i.e. the only copy of the file)
Read more on Security - Staying Safe in "the Cloud" in the ITS Knowledge Base.


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




Keywords:find get use how where one drive document file word excel powerpoint   Doc ID:49350
Owner:Deb M.Group:UW Platteville
Created:2015-03-23 09:04 CSTUpdated:2016-04-19 15:49 CST
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