OneDrive: Saving/Opening Files


This article provides instructions on how to open a file stored in OneDrive using an Office application and save a copy of a document created in an Office application to OneDrive.



Task: To access OneDrive through the browser.


Step 1 - Sign in to, then select the app launcher   App Launcher  > OneDrive.

Step 2 - 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.



You can now use OneDrive in your browser.

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Task: To access OneDrive on your desktop

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


Step 1 - In File Explorer, select: OneDrive – USNH

Step 2 - If OneDrive isn't setup, see:

Screenshot of OneDrive for Business files in File Explorer



You can now use OneDrive on your desktop.

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Task: To Upload files and folders to OneDrive with Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

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


Step 1 - Select Upload > Files or Upload > Folder.

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

Step 3 - Select Open or Select Folder.



Your files have been uploaded to your OneDrive.

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Task: To Upload files and folders to OneDrive with other browsers.


Step 1 - Select Upload, select the files you want to upload, and select Open.

Step 2 - If you don't see Upload > Folder, create a folder, and then upload the files to that folder.

Screenshot showing Upload selected



Your files have been uploaded to your OneDrive.

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Task: To Save and open files in your Office Applications.


Step 1 - Select File > Save As (or Save a Copy)​​​​ > OneDrive - USNH to save a work file to your USNH OneDrive.

Step 2 - Save personal files to OneDrive - Personal, if you have one.

Step 3 - Select File > Open and then select OneDrive, to open a file saved to OneDrive.

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

Screenshot of Word Save As with OneDrive - USNH option



Your files have been saved and are ready to use from any device where you can sign into your USNH account.

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Further Readings

Sync files with OneDrive in Windows 

Sync files with OneDrive on Mac OS X 

Get started with OneDrive - from USNH Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways


Need additional help?

For assistance concerning site creation, content sharing, file synchronization, or other common SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, or Office app activities, we recommend our Microsoft 365 Learning sites:

Learn more about the great tools our Microsoft 365 Learning sites offer!

Visit the Technology Help Desk Support page to locate your local campus contact information or to submit an online technology support request.  For password issues you must call or visit the Help Desk in person.  

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Tue 12/15/20 4:11 PM
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