Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Uploading files via the web interface, part of Learning OneDrive.
- 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. Let's start with the web interface. I'm currently logged into my OneDrive account here through my web browser, and I'll click Upload here at the top of the screen. Now, what you see next depends on what web browser you're using. Here in the Microsoft Edge browser, I immediately get the window to choose the file I want to upload. So for instance, I have a folder on my desktop labeled Landon Hotel Files, and I can look inside there and find the files I want to upload. However, I can only select individual files here.
I can't just select an entire folder to upload it and its contents all at once. I'm just going to cancel this for a moment. Now I'm also signed into my account in the Google Chrome browser, so let me hide Edge for a moment. Here's Google Chrome. And when I click Upload here, I can specify whether I 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 it is to your OneDrive, you'll need to use a browser like Chrome in which that's supported.
So I'll select Folder, and here on my desktop, I can go into Landon Hotel Files and select Sales Sheets. Now I can't see its contents because I've set this to browse for a folder, but with it selected, I'll click OK and you can see it's now being uploaded to my OneDrive. And there's the folder. I can click it to see its contents. I'll go back to the main OneDrive directory. I'm going to close Chrome and go back to the Edge browser and I'll click Upload again. I'll navigate out to that same folder on my desktop, and again, I can't select the folder here just to upload that entire folder.
If I double-click this folder or click Open, it just opens it and I can see its contents and the individual files within it. But I'll select some individual files to upload here, and I can select multiple files by holding down the Shift key on my keyboard. I'll click Open, and you can see those three items are now being copied to my OneDrive and OneDrive is now updated to show the Sales Sheets folder and now those individual files have been uploaded. Now, I'm not going to bother with organizing them right now; I'll just leave them sitting here in the main directory, but at this point, these files and the folder I uploaded from Chrome 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 onto any computer or mobile device onto which I've installed the OneDrive app and which I've set up to sync with my OneDrive account, which means I can click on one to open it in Word Online, and I can 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 need to do is log into your OneDrive account from the web browser to get to your document. So if I were to make any changes to this document and then save it, when I'm done, the new version of the document would now be synced to all the other computers and devices running OneDrive.
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