Creating a Microsoft account is the first step in getting started with OneDrive. Once you have an account, you can access your personal OneDrive storage. A Microsoft account also includes Office Online and other online features such as Calendar and Messenger.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to set up your own Microsoft account and access and navigate the OneDrive user interface. We’ll also talk about how to download and install the OneDrive app on your computer, which makes it easier to sync files across multiple devices.
OneDrive for Windows 10 is a dedicated software that lets users store their data in the cloud and share it with other users on demand. This is a real boon for businesses that have multiple people working on the same project, as the software allows for easy collaboration.
One of the most impressive things about OneDrive for Windows 10 is that the software offers a variety of different features that users can take advantage of. Documents can be shared in real time, and in addition to text-based documents, a large number of photos and other types of images are supported in all formats. The software also allows for cross-platform synchronization without the need to lose any data, which ensures complete security.
Create a Microsoft account
Before you can use Office Online and OneDrive, you need to have a Microsoft account. If you already have an @hotmail.com, @live.com, or @outlook.com email account (or another account that lets you use a Microsoft service), you already have a Microsoft account. To access OneDrive, simply sign in with your existing account.
To create a Microsoft account
- Go to the OneDrive sign-in page. Select Create.
- A form will appear asking you to enter information, including your email address and password. Fill out the form, and then click Create Account.
- Your Microsoft account is now created and your OneDrive is displayed.
Getting to know OneDrive
Now that you have created a Microsoft account, you need to familiarize yourself with how OneDrive works. You can access OneDrive at any time by going to www.onedrive.com in your web browser. From here, you can access your files, create new documents in Office Online, and more.
Install the Microsoft OneDrive app
If you prefer to work on your desktop, you can download the OneDrive desktop app. This will add a OneDrive folder to your file explorer. When you move files to this folder, they are automatically uploaded to OneDrive and you can access them anywhere. You can even remotely access any files stored on your computer, even if you haven’t uploaded the files to OneDrive.
In this example, we’ll install OneDrive for Windows. OneDrive is also available for Mac OS X, but keep in mind that the Mac installation process is slightly different.
To install the OneDrive app:
- Navigate to the Download OneDrive page. Search and select Download OneDrive for Windows.
- After the file is downloaded, open it and follow the instructions to install OneDrive.
- OneDrive is now installed on your computer. A OneDrive folder will be added to your Windows Explorer. See our lesson on uploading, syncing, and managing files to learn more about using this folder.
Microsoft OneDrive offers the following features:
1.Back up photos and videos
- Automatically back up photos and videos when you enable camera uploads
- View photos on your phone, computer, and online
2.File sharing and management
- Share documents, photos, videos and albums with friends and family
- Receive notifications when a shared document is edited
- Set up password-protected or expiring share links*.
- Access entire folders in the app without being online*
- Scan documents, business cards, receipts, whiteboards and more
- Tag, sign and send documents directly from the OneDrive mobile app
- Search documents by name or content
- Personal Vault lets you protect your important files with identity verification
- Recover documents with version history of all files
- Ransomware detection and recovery*
6.Works with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook
- Backup, view and save your Office documents.
- Use Microsoft Office apps to edit and collaborate on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files stored in OneDrive in real time.
- Easy to use
- Many useful functions
- Difficult to uninstall
- Only 5 GB of storage for free