This article describes steps one can take to set up OneDrive on a new computer with Windows 11.
OneDrive app is installed on Windows computers by default. When you get a new computer, and OneDrive services are not forcibly disabled, the app is accessible by default.
The OneDrive app lets you sync files and folders on your computer with Microsoft cloud allowing you to access them anywhere on your mobile devices and other computers using the service.
When you set up your computer to sync files and folders with OneDrive, you can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.
Below is how to set up your computer to use OneDrive storage services with Windows 11.
How to set up OneDrive with Windows 11
As mentioned above, the OneDrive app is installed on Windows computers by default. When you get a new computer, and OneDrive services are not forcibly disabled, the app is accessible by default.
Here’s how to use OneDrive on Windows 11
Access OneDrive app
Since the OneDrive app is installed on your Windows computer by default, you can quickly access the app from multiple places.
The quickest way to access the OneDrive app is by using the Taskbar or Taskbar overflow menu. On the right of the Taskbar, click the up-arrow caret, then select the OneDrive app icon.
Alternatively, click the Start button, search for “OneDrive”, and then open it:
Sign in or create an account to sign in to OneDrive
Once the OneDrive app opens, enter your account, or your work or school account, and select Sign in.
You will need a Microsoft account to sign into OneDrive. If you already have a Microsoft account, read the post below to create one, then sign in with it.
How to create a Microsoft account
After you have signed in, on the Your OneDrive folder screen, select Next to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files.
If you want to change the folder location, select Change location – this is the best time to make this change.
On the All your files, ready and on-demand screen, you’ll see how files are marked to show them as online-only, locally available, or always available.
Files On-Demand helps you access all your files in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use storage space on your Windows device.
On the final screen, you will see a button to open your OneDrive folder. Click that to open your OneDrive folder in File Explorer.
You’re all set. Your OneDrive files will appear in File Explorer in the OneDrive folder.
Any time you want to change the folders you sync on your computer, right-click that cloud icon in the taskbar notification area, and select Settings > Account > Choose folders.
That should do it!
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