How to use OneDrive

OneDrive is the Microsoft cloud repository for files and folders. It allows you to store, protect and share your files with others.

It can be used purely in the cloud via a web browser interface or with a desktop client. If used with the desktop client, it has some other useful features such as the ability to backup Desktop, Documents and Pictures. Those are built in Windows locations, so, chances are you will have things you want to backup.

If you lose your PC, or if you have two PC’s or more, or buy a new one, the information will follow you e.g. if you save something on your home desktop, it’ll be on your office desktop too.

Article on Microsoft’s web site here

How to backup

Click the OneDrive icon (bottom right of screen), then click the settings cog.

OneDrive settings cog for backup
OneDrive backup settings

General File Sync management is also on the cog.

OneDrive File Sync management

generally, with the new OneDrive versions, you can select all files and allow it to manage itself.

The standard settings are shown below.

OneDrive standard settings

OneDrive works perfectly from a Web Browser too, just login to then select OneDrive

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