Learn how to upload files via the OneDrive web interface.
- [Instructor] Now let's take a look at how to upload files to your OneDrive account. You can do this from either the web interface or through the desktop app. We'll start here with the web interface. I'm currently logged into my OneDrive account through my web browser, and I'll come up here and I'll click Upload. Now what you see next depends on what web browser you're using. In most web browsers you'll specify whether you want to upload files or folders. If you select Files, you'll only be able to select individual files. If you select Folder, you'll only be able to select folders and not individual files.
It's not a huge deal but if you want to copy an entire folder as is to your OneDrive, you'll need to select the Folders option. I'll do that, and I'll just find this folder of files here on my desktop, and I'll click Select Folder. You can see it now says Uploading five items. If I click that I can check on the progress, and they're pretty much all done at this point, so I can close that, and now this entire Sales sheets folder has been uploaded to my OneDrive as is. I can click on it to view its contents.
I'll go back to Files. So this is how uploading works for all major browsers with the exception of Safari on the Mac. So here we are in Safari. Now currently as I record this, when you click Upload here, you don't get the choice of uploading files or folders. Instead, you immediately get the window to choose the files you want to upload, and you can only select individual files, not folders. So if I wanted to upload these four images I could do so by selecting them, and upload all four at once, but all four would be dumped into my main directory here, and I would have to create a new folder to store them in.
Now you might have noticed that there was an icon saying we can just drop files into OneDrive, and that's true except again in Safari you can't really do that. So if I were to move this out of the way and try to drag my photos in this way, it looks like it's going to work, but I currently get this message saying my browser doesn't support folder upload. Now this might all be changed by the time you're watching this, but if you want to be able to upload entire folders and their contents to OneDrive through a browser, you'll need to use a browser other than Safari on the Mac. Now back here in Windows I can do a drag and drop, and this does work in other browsers on the Mac like Chrome and Firefox.
I'm just going to move this window out of the way. Here's a folder of photos. I'm just going to drag that into the browser, release, and you can see it's uploading. It tells me it's uploaded the five items, and here's the folder, which I can now browse through. So at this point these files and folders I've uploaded are now backed up to OneDrive so I can access them from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. In fact they'll now be synced to any computer or mobile device onto which I've installed the OneDrive app, and which I've setup to sync with my OneDrive account.
So again you can either drag and drop, you can click Upload and grab individual files or folders. So for example if I come back out here again, and maybe grab one of these Word documents and choose that, that single item gets uploaded to my OneDrive account. And that's done, and there it is. Now because this is a Word document, that means I can click on it to open it up in Word Online. And start editing it from here.
This is especially convenient and useful if you need to make last minute changes to a document, and you only have access to someone else's computer who might not have Microsoft Office installed. All you would need to do is login to your OneDrive account from their web browser to get to and edit your document. And when you're done with your edits, the new version of the document will then sync to your other computers and devices. All right so that's how to upload files and folders to OneDrive via the web interface.
- Signing in to OneDrive
- Setting up OneDrive on Mac and Windows
- Uploading files and folders
- Renaming, copying, downloading, and deleting files
- Sharing files
- Searching files
- Working with photos in OneDrive
- Working with Office Online files