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Get Started with OneDrive for Windows


OneDrive for Business provides unlimited password-protected, online storage for each user. This allows you to store documents, photos and other files online so they can be accessed from any Internet-connected computer. You can install an application on your computer so your OneDrive location acts like your computer's hard drive, or you can access/upload your OneDrive files via a web browser.

Access from a Windows Computer

Accessing OneDrive from a Windows computer requires installation (if you don't have Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016 installed) and configuration of OneDrive.

If you have Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016 installed, do the following: (If you don't have Microsoft Office installed, see below.)

  1. Click Start then All Programs (or All Apps) then Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016.
  2. Click OneDrive for Business.
    1. If it is configured already, your OneDrive for Business folder will open.
    2. If it is not, a window will open to step you through the configuration process. Answer the questions as prompted. A dialog may request your library URL, see Step 18, Windows 7 configuration below.
  3. OneDrive for Business will create a folder in your user profile called OneDrive - Dartmouth College or OneDrive @ Dartmouth College. All files placed here will be synced to your account on Microsoft’s servers in the cloud.

Note: You may see a shortcut to OneDrive on your computer in addition to the OneDrive – Dartmouth College shortcut. Some people have the personal version of OneDrive installed on their computer and use it to store their personal files. The personal version of OneDrive would be tied to a personal Microsoft email account such as,, or

The files that you are syncing from your computer to the cloud following the steps in this document will be stored in your OneDrive – Dartmouth College location.

Installing OneDrive for Business if Office 2013 or 2016 is NOT installed

If you don't have Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016 installed and want to use OneDrive from your computer, follow the steps below to install it:

Windows 8 and 10

  1. Log into
  2. Click the App Launcher (tic-tac-toe board icon) that appears in the upper left corner of the window, then click OneDrive.
  3. Click Sync.
  4. Click Get the OneDrive for Business App (Windows, Mac, Windows Tablet, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and xBox are the possible options.)
  5. Download OneDrive for Business (from the Apps Store).
  6. Click Sync.
  7. Sign in with your <[email protected]>.

Windows 7

  1. Log into
  2. Click Office 365 settings.
  3. Click OneDrive.
  4. In the lower left corner click Get the OneDrive Apps.
  5. Click Download.
    Note: You will need administrator privileges to your computer to install this software.
  6. Click Save File.
  7. Double click the file you downloaded and click Run. The installation may take a moment to start.
  8. Click Next to start the installation.
    Note: The installation seems like it’s installing Office, but it’s just installing the OneDrive component of the Office suite.
  9. Click Accept if you accept the Microsoft User Agreement.
  10. Click Sign in when prompted.
  11. Enter your email address in the form <your netid>
  12. Click Next.
  13. Enter your password when prompted.
  14. Click Next.
  15. Click Next.
  16. Click either Take a Look or No Thanks then click All done!.
  17. Go to Start then All Programs then Microsoft Office 2013 then OneDrive for Business 2013.
  18. A dialog box appears requesting to "Paste Library URL here". Go back to BWA, and click OneDrive in the top menu bar. Click the Library tab, then the Library settings icon. Copy and paste the information from the Web address field into the "Paste Library URL" dialog box in the Microsoft OneDrive for Business window.
  19. Click Sync Now.
  20. A folder named OneDrive – Dartmouth College will be created in C:\Users\<your user name> that will sync with your OneDrive storage in the cloud.
  21. Copy, move or create folders/files here that you want uploaded to OneDrive.

If you have a personal OneDrive account, you will now see both on your computer - OneDrive and [email protected] College.

Note: Using the Windows 8/10 method on a Windows 7 machine results in a Sharepoint Workspace being installed on your computer rather than OneDrive for Business.

Access OneDrive from a Web Browser

  1. Log into with your NetID and password.
  2. Click the App Launcher (tic-tac-toe icon) in the upper left corner of the window.
  3. Click OneDrive.
  4. If prompted to trust the use of the "SharePoint Browser Plug-in", click Trust.
  5. Click Upload to browse for a file to upload, or you can also drag files into the OneDrive window to upload them.

Invalid Characters

There are a few characters that cannot be included in the name of a file/folder on OneDrive. They are found at If you have one of these in your OneDrive folder, that file will not sync.

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

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