What is OneDrive for Business?
OneDrive is Microsoft’s service for hosting files in the “cloud” (much like GoogleDrive or Dropbox). As part of your Office 365 account provided by the college, OneDrive for Business lets you update and share your files from anywhere and work on Office documents with others at the same time.
To Access OneDrive for Business:
OneDrive for Business can be found in the online Outlook application where you can log into your College of Wooster email. In the upper left-hand corner of the window, there is a square, which drops down to reveal all of the Office 365 online applications.
Who Can Access my Files?
The files stored in the cloud can be kept private, or can be shared with others by clicking “Share” in the upper right hand corner when viewing an uploaded, or online created, file and then entering a name or email address; then select whether the people with whom you are sharing can view or edit the file. You can also share files with everyone by placing it in the “Share with Everyone” folder.
- 1 TB of storage space on the cloud per person
- Ability to sync files across devices and to access them from anywhere, online or offline
- Files online are automatically saved as you edit them online
- Files can be created on a variety of programs online as part of the Office 365 suite including: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Excel Survey
- As part of the College of Wooster email system, it has a built-in directory of all Wooster email addresses, making sharing even easier
OneDrive for Business Desktop App (PC only):
Another feature of OneDrive for Business is the option for PC/Windows users to install a desktop application directly onto their computer. This will allow the user to access the information stored/shared in OneDrive without the use of an internet browser.
Installation is quick and simple. The software is available on the online Outlook app. Login to your College of Wooster email using a web browser, and when the screen appears, click the * symbol in the upper right hand corner of the window. A drop down window should appear, click on “Office 365 Settings,” which should be at the top. On the next screen click “Software,” then “OneDrive,” which will be in the left margin. Click “Install,” and allow the file to be saved. If the installation does not run automatically, find it in your downloads folder. Choose “run,” and follow the guided steps of installation wizard.