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How-to articles and tutorials about OneDrive – the file sync and backup solution from Microsoft. How to connect and use Microsoft’s cloud storage service.

What is and how to use Personal Vault in OneDrive

What is and how to use Personal Vault in OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud storage service that lets you store and access your files from any device. One of its best features is the Personal Vault, a secure folder that requires additional authentication to access your most sensitive and important files. In this tutorial post, I’m going to show you how to enable and use OneDrive’s Personal Vault to secure your data, no matter if
How to change OneDrive’s location in Windows

How to change OneDrive’s location in Windows

In both Windows 11 and Windows 10, OneDrive is embedded into the operating system, and it serves as the default service for storing your files to the cloud, synchronizing them with other devices, syncing your Windows settings, etc. Some of the most common questions when working with it are: “Where is OneDrive located on my computer?” and “How do I change OneDrive’s folder location?”. If
How to disable and remove OneDrive from Windows

How to disable and remove OneDrive from Windows

Many Windows users, myself included, use OneDrive to store their files in the cloud and synchronize them across their computers and devices. However, others don’t, and they are annoyed that OneDrive is everywhere in Windows 10 and Windows 11. If you don’t want OneDrive on your computer and prefer to turn it off completely, here’s how to uninstall it from both Windows 11 and Windows
How to restore a backup made with Windows Backup

How to restore a backup made with Windows Backup

The Windows Backup app for Windows 11 and Windows 10 is not your regular backup solution. It doesn’t allow you to restore your entire system or any specific files, settings, apps, or credentials. The folders you’ve backed up are available directly in your OneDrive cloud storage. And, the other things you’ve backed up - settings, apps, credentials - can be restored only during the installation
How to make a backup with the new Windows Backup app

How to make a backup with the new Windows Backup app

One of the most important tasks that every computer user should do regularly is to back up their data. Backing up your data means creating a copy of your files and settings in a separate location, such as an external hard drive, a cloud service, or a network drive. This way, if something happens to your computer, such as a malware infection, a hardware failure,
Make File Explorer open to OneDrive, Dropbox, or another folder

Make File Explorer open to OneDrive, Dropbox, or another folder

If you’re using a Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer, you may want to know how to open OneDrive in File Explorer as soon as you start the latter app. Furthermore, maybe you’re using another cloud storage solution, such as Dropbox or iCloud, and you want File Explorer to open to that folder. Or why not, maybe you want File Explorer to start in any
What is OneDrive's Files On-Demand feature and how to use it

What is OneDrive's Files On-Demand feature and how to use it

One of the best features in OneDrive’s app for Windows 11 and Windows 10 is called Files On-Demand. It helps you save storage space on your computers by downloading and keeping local copies of your OneDrive files only if you access them or manually specify that you want them always available offline. If you want to learn all there is to know about it, including
Turn off OneDrive Memories (On This Day) in Windows

Turn off OneDrive Memories (On This Day) in Windows

Many OneDrive users, including myself, rely on this cloud-storage service for backing up pictures and videos taken with their smartphones or digital cameras. However, there’s one feature of this service that some may find annoying: OneDrive automatically creates albums with past pictures you’ve taken on the same day but years ago. And, when it does that, it displays a daily “On this day” notification encouraging
How to exclude OneDrive and iCloud from the Photos app on Windows

How to exclude OneDrive and iCloud from the Photos app on Windows

In Windows 11 and Windows 10, the Photos app can show your entire collection of photos and videos, from those stored locally on your computer or device to those you keep in your OneDrive cloud storage. Additionally, the latest version of the Photos app, available only in Windows 11, is also integrated with your iCloud storage. So, when you open it, you may see pictures
How to make OneDrive expiring links: All you need to know

How to make OneDrive expiring links: All you need to know

Ever since 2017, Microsoft has allowed us to share files and folders with others using temporary links that expire at the dates of our choosing. How long do OneDrive links last? By default, they’re going to last forever. But, if you choose to set an expiration date on such a link, that link will become unavailable on that exact date. If you have a Microsoft
How to use version history in Excel, OneDrive, and Microsoft 365 products

How to use version history in Excel, OneDrive, and Microsoft 365 products

Microsoft offers a version history service for OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint Server. How long older versions are stored, depends on whether you’re using a personal Microsoft 365 subscription or a business one. If you want to restore previous versions of your Excel, Word, or PowerPoint work files, as well as PDFs and other types of files, read this guide: How to use
How to turn off OneDrive’s On This Day notifications on Android

How to turn off OneDrive’s On This Day notifications on Android

Many users of Android devices rely on Google’s Photos app to back up their pictures and videos. However, a minority, including myself, use OneDrive for this purpose. If you have a Samsung Galaxy device, you’re also more likely to use OneDrive because of the unique integration between Samsung’s devices and Microsoft’s services. One of the things that OneDrive does is send a daily “On this
How to force OneDrive to sync on Android and iPhone

How to force OneDrive to sync on Android and iPhone

OneDrive is one of those cloud services that usually work well, and there aren’t many people complaining about issues with it. OneDrive’s apps generally function as expected, and syncing is not a problem. It all happens in the background seamlessly, with no required intervention from the user. However, there are cases when OneDrive simply refuses to synchronize files. If that’s an issue you’ve encountered on
OneDrive not syncing? How to force OneDrive to sync in Windows

OneDrive not syncing? How to force OneDrive to sync in Windows

Although we tend to like the OneDrive service, and we use it on our Windows computers, there are a few quirks that we have trouble with. One of them is that, sometimes, we’re facing issues with OneDrive not syncing. Another one is knowing when it performed the last synchronization to get an idea of whether it has synchronized the latest files we have added. Here
OneDrive's Recycle Bin: How to recover deleted files

OneDrive's Recycle Bin: How to recover deleted files

Did you know that OneDrive has a Recycle Bin folder, just like Windows 10 does? That folder stores the files deleted from any of your OneDrive synchronized devices for 30 days after you removed them. You can then use the Recycle Bin to "undelete" your files and recover them when required. Here's how to access OneDrive's Recycle Bin and how to use it to restore
4 ways to share files and folders from OneDrive

4 ways to share files and folders from OneDrive

OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud service for storing and sharing files. You can store business documents, presentations, pictures, videos, your personal folders and many other types of items. You can share anything from OneDrive using the OneDrive app for Windows, iOS, Android and so on. However, you can also share stuff from the OneDrive website, in any web browser that you want to use. If you
3 ways to add more space to your OneDrive storage

3 ways to add more space to your OneDrive storage

Microsoft's OneDrive is one of the best cloud storage services in the world, and it is built into Windows 10. OneDrive offers its users 5 GB of free storage space right from the start, and that's just what you get by signing up with a Microsoft account. You can add more space to your OneDrive storage using several methods, and one of them is free.
What is Microsoft's OneDrive? How is it used?

What is Microsoft's OneDrive? How is it used?

If you use a PC or a laptop with Windows 10, a Microsoft Surface tablet, or an Xbox One console, you have undoubtedly come across OneDrive, even if you don't use it. The same is true if you are using Office 365. You might have seen OneDrive even on your Android smartphone. Are you asking yourself: What is OneDrive? Do you want to know what