Using OneDrive on Surface

OneDrive is free cloud storage that comes with your Microsoft account. It’s like an extra hard drive that’s available from any of the devices you use, so the files you save there are always with you.

Applies to

Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2.

Applies to

Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro.

Applies to

Surface 2, Surface RT.

Operating system:

Get to your OneDrive files

The files you sync to your Surface are available any time:

Step 1:

Do one of the following:

  • Go to Start Windows logo, and select All apps > OneDrive.
  • Select File Explorer File explorer icon in the taskbar and select OneDrive.
Step 2: Navigate to the folder that has the files that you want and select those files.

To access OneDrive files you don’t sync to your Surface:

  • Go to OneDrive.com and sign in with the account you use to sign in to your Surface.

For more info, see OneDrive on your PC.

Tip
If you're connecting to the Internet using mobile broadband, keep in mind that moving files to or from OneDrive involves data transmission. Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. To learn more, see Managing data usage: OneDrive settings for metered connections below.

Add your files to OneDrive

You can add files from the local drive on your Surface to OneDrive through OneDrive.com or through File Explorer. Or, you can fetch files from another computer.

Move a file on your Surface to OneDrive

From File Explorer:

Step 1: Select File Explorer File explorer icon in the taskbar.
You can also open File Explorer by pressing the Windows logo key Windows logo+E.
Step 2: Open the folder that has the files you want and select the files you want to move to OneDrive.
Step 3:

Right-click your selections and select Cut. Then right-click your OneDrive folder and select Paste.
You also can drag the files you selected to the OneDrive folder to move them.

From OneDrive.com:

Step 1:

Go to OneDrive.com and sign in with the account you use to sign in to your Surface.

Step 2: Along the top row, select Upload.
Step 3: Browse to your file and select Open.

Fetch a file from another PC to OneDrive

Step 1:

Set up the other PC to allow you to fetch files as described in Fetch files on your PC.

Step 2: Make sure that PC is turned on and has an Internet connection.
Step 3:

Go to OneDrive.com and sign in with the account you use to sign in to your Surface.

Step 4: Select the PC from the list of PCs.
  Select a PC to fetch files from
Step 5: Navigate to the files you want and select them. Then right-click and choose to Download the file to your Surface or Upload to OneDrive.

Save files, photos, and more to OneDrive

To save a file from a desktop app directly to OneDrive, choose OneDrive in the left panel of the Save As screen.

Share files

You can share entire folders or choose individual or groups of files and decide whether you want to let people only view the files or be able to edit them. You can also post links on social networks and get short URLs for sharing in text messages. For more info, see Share files and folders and change permissions.

Working when you’re offline

Files you save to OneDrive are available online at OneDrive.com and offline on your Surface. That means you can use them any time, even when you’re not connected to the Internet. When you reconnect, OneDrive updates the online versions with changes you made offline.

Choose which files to keep on your Surface

By default, your Surface maintains a copy of every OneDrive file and folder you have. If disk space is tight, you can stop syncing some of your folders under OneDrive. The folders you choose not to sync will be removed from your hard drive and won’t show up in File Explorer on your Surface, but you’ll still be able to access the files in them on OneDrive.com any time you have an Internet connection.

Step 1: Select File Explorer File explorer icon in the taskbar.
You can also open File Explorer by pressing the Windows logo key Windows logo+E.
Step 2: Select OneDrive, then right-click any file or folder.
 
Note

If you don’t see any files or folders under OneDrive, nothing is being synced currently. Create or move any file or folder to OneDrive and right-click that file or folder.

Step 3: Select Choose OneDrive folders to sync, then clear the check boxes for any folders you want to remove from your Surface.

Managing data usage: OneDrive settings for metered connections

If you have a Surface 3 (4G LTE), the following setting can help you manage your data usage:

Step 1:  Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Devices > Connected devices.
Step 2:  Turn off Download over metered connections.
Note
If you turn this off, your local OneDrive files and settings will not be synced until you connect with Wi-Fi.

Access OneDrive

There are a few different ways to access OneDrive.

  • OneDrive.com. If you have an Internet connection, you can always get to your files from any web-connected device by going to Onedrive.com in your web browser and signing in with your Microsoft Account.
  • OneDrive app in the Start menu. Select the OneDrive tile to open the OneDrive app. The app provides a touch-optimized way to access your OneDrive files on your Surface. You can also launch the OneDrive app from All Apps. Here's how: Go to Start Windows logo key, and select All apps.
  • File Explorer. A quick way to view, move, and copy your files to OneDrive. The OneDrive folder on your desktop works like any other local folder, except your files are stored in the cloud.
Tip
If you're connecting to the Internet using mobile broadband, keep in mind that moving files to or from OneDrive involves data transmission. Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. To learn more, see ”Managing data usage: OneDrive settings for metered connections” below.

Add your files to OneDrive

There are a few different ways to put your existing files on OneDrive. First, decide if you want to keep the original files on your Surface and put copies of them on OneDrive, or if you want to move them from your Surface to OneDrive.

Copy or upload files to OneDrive

You can copy or upload files to OneDrive through OneDrive.com, the OneDrive app, or File Explorer.

From OneDrive.com:

Step 1: Open a web browser such as Internet Explorer and go to http://onedrive.com.
Step 2: If prompted, sign in with your Microsoft Account.
Step 3: Along the top row, select Upload.
Step 4: Browse to your file, and select Open.

From the OneDrive app:

Step 1: On the Start screen, select OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Browse to the location on OneDrive where you want to add the files.
Step 3: Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen (or right-click) to open the app commands, and select Add files.
Step 4: Browse to the files you want to upload, select them, and select Copy to OneDrive.

From File Explorer:

Tip
If you have a Surface Typing Cover, you can select the file, press Ctrl+C to copy, open OneDrive, and press Ctrl+V to paste.
Step 1: Select File Explorer File explorer icon in the taskbar.
You can also open File Explorer by pressing the Windows logo key Windows logo key+E.
Step 2: Find the files you want to copy in File Explorer.
Step 3: Select the file, and select Home.
Step 4: Select Copy to, and choose OneDrive as the location.
Note
To save storage space on your Surface, you can choose to make a file or folder only available online. Press and hold (or right-click) the file, and select Make online only.

Move files to OneDrive

Moving files to OneDrive instead of just copying them not only puts them online where you can access them from anywhere, it also frees up space on your Surface.

Move files to OneDrive using OneDrive.com:

If you want to move files to OneDrive.com and remove them from your hard drive, you can upload your files and safely delete them from your Surface.

Move files to OneDrive using the OneDrive App:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo key, and select All apps > OneDrive.
Step 2: Select the arrow next to OneDrive, and select This PC.
Step 3: Browse to the files you want to move, and swipe down on them or right-click them to select them.
Step 4: Select Cut.
Step 5: Select the arrow next to This PC, and select OneDrive to browse to a folder on your OneDrive.
Step 6: Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen or right-click to open the app commands, and select Paste.

Move files to OneDrive using File Explorer:

Step 1: Select File Explorer File explorer icon in the taskbar.
You can also open File Explorer by pressing the Windows logo key Windows logo key+E.
Step 2: Find the files you want to move in File Explorer.
Step 3: Select and drag those files to the OneDrive folder in the left pane of File Explorer.
Note

When you move a file into the OneDrive folder with File Explorer:

  • The file no longer exists in the original folder. It is in your local OneDrive folder, and it also uploads to the OneDrive cloud when you connect to the Internet.
  • If you delete the file from the OneDrive folder, the file is deleted from your Surface and from the OneDrive cloud.
  • If you want to save space on your Surface and keep the file just on OneDrive, right-click on the file and select Make online only.

Save files, photos, and more to OneDrive automatically

OneDrive is typically the recommended location that appears when you save Microsoft Office files (like Word docs and Excel worksheets), PDFs, and other documents. And since your Surface has a built-in camera, you can automatically save copies of the photos you take directly to OneDrive (in the Camera Roll folder) so you’ll always have a backup. To make sure your Surface is set to save automatically, check your OneDrive settings.

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and select Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and select Settings.)
Step 2: Select Change PC settings.
Step 3:

Select OneDrive, and do one of the following:

  • To save documents, select File storage, and under Save documents to OneDrive by default, move the slider to On.
  • To save photos, select Camera roll, and choose Upload photos at good quality or, for higher resolution copies, choose Upload photos at best quality.
Tips
  • You can save high-resolution photos and images as well as animated GIFs to OneDrive.
  • You can save files from a desktop app directly to OneDrive by choosing OneDrive in the left panel of the Save or Save As screen.

Get to your OneDrive files

If you are online, you can go to OneDrive.com using a web browser or one of the mobile apps for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone. You can also get to OneDrive by selecting the OneDrive tile on your Surface or by opening File Explorer and selecting the OneDrive folder.

Make files available offline

You can save space on your Surface by making files and folders in OneDrive available only when you are online. If you also want to open and edit files when you don't have an Internet connection, you can use the OneDrive app or File Explorer to make them available offline.

Use the OneDrive app to make files available offline

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo key, and select All apps.
Step 2: Select OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 3: Swipe down on (or right-click) the file or folder to select it, and select Make offline.
Note
Files that are available offline take up space on your hard drive. It's best to make only those files that you will need when you're not connected to the Internet available offline.

Use the OneDrive app to make all files available offline

If you know you will need access to all of your files in OneDrive when you're not connected to the Internet, you can automatically make all files available offline by doing the following:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo key, and select All apps.
Step 2: Select OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 3: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and select Settings > Options.
Step 4: Under Access all my OneDrive files offline, move the slider to On.

Use File Explorer to make files available offline

Press and hold (or right-click) the file, and choose Make available offline. To make your entire OneDrive available offline, press and hold (or right-click) OneDrive in the left pane, and choose Make available offline.

Share files using OneDrive

To share files with other people, go to OneDrive.com using a web browser such as Internet Explorer, select what you’d like to share, and select Share. You can share entire folders or choose individual or groups of files, and decide whether you want to let people only view the files or be able to edit them. You can also post links on social networks and get short URLs for sharing in text messages. For more info, see Share files and folders and change permissions.

To view what you have shared or see what others have shared with you, select Shared in the left pane.

Managing data usage: OneDrive settings for metered connections

If you have a Surface 2 (4G), the following settings can help you manage your data usage.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and select Settings. Then select Change PC settings > OneDrive > Metered connections.

Setting
How to reduce data usage
Upload and download files over metered connections
Setting to Off disables OneDrive file uploads and downloads on metered connections.
Upload and download files over metered connections even when I’m roaming
Setting to Off disables OneDrive file uploads and downloads when roaming.
Sync and back up settings over metered connections
Setting to Off disables OneDrive sync and back up settings on metered connections.
Sync and back up settings over metered connections even when I’m roaming
Setting to Off disables OneDrive sync and back up settings when roaming.
Note
If you turn these off, your local OneDrive files and settings will not be synchronized until you connect with Wi-Fi.

Access OneDrive

There are a few different ways to access OneDrive.

  • OneDrive.com. If you have an Internet connection, you can always get to your files from any web connected device by going to Onedrive.com in your web browser and signing in with your Microsoft Account.
  • OneDrive app on the Start screen. Tap or click on the OneDrive tile to open the OneDrive app. The app provides a touch optimized way to access your OneDrive files on your Surface device. You can also launch the OneDrive app from Apps view. Here's how: Swipe up from the middle of the screen to see the Apps view. (If you’re using a mouse, click the down arrow in the bottom-left corner of the screen.)
  • File Explorer on the Desktop. A quick way to view, move, and copy your files to OneDrive. The OneDrive folder on your desktop works like any other local folder, except your files are stored in the cloud.
Tip
If you're connecting to the Internet using mobile broadband, keep in mind that moving files to or from OneDrive involves data transmission. Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. For more info, see ”Managing data use: OneDrive settings for metered connections” below.

Add your files to OneDrive

There are a few different ways to put your existing files on OneDrive. First, decide if you want to keep the original files on your Surface and put copies of them on OneDrive, or if you want to move them from your Surface to OneDrive.

Copy or upload files to OneDrive

You can copy or upload files to OneDrive through OneDrive.com, the OneDrive app, or File Explorer.

From OneDrive.com:

Step 1: Open a web browser such as Internet Explorer and go to http://onedrive.com.
Step 2: If prompted, sign in with your Microsoft Account.
Step 3: Along the top row, tap or click Upload.
Step 4: Browse to your file, and then tap or click Open.

From the OneDrive app:

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Tap or click folders to browse to the location on OneDrive where you want to add the files.
Step 3: Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen, or right-click to open the app commands, and then tap or click Add files.
Step 4: Browse to the files you want to upload, tap or click to select them, and then tap or click Copy to OneDrive.
Notes
  • To save storage space on your Surface, you can choose to make a file or folder only available online. Select the file, and choose Make online only.
  • From File Explorer, you have a few options. You can select the file, click Copy to, and choose OneDrive as the location. You can also select the file, type Ctrl+C to copy, open OneDrive, and type Ctrl+V to paste.

Move files to OneDrive

Moving files to OneDrive instead of just copying them not only puts them online where you can access them from anywhere, it also frees up space on your Surface.

Move files to OneDrive using OneDrive.com:

If you want to move files to OneDrive.com and remove them from your hard drive, you can upload your files and safely delete them from your Surface.

Move files to OneDrive using the OneDrive App:

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Tap or click the arrow next to OneDrive, and then tap or click This PC.
Step 3: Browse to the files you want to move, and then swipe down on them or right-click them to select them.
Step 4: Tap or click Cut.
Step 5: Tap or click the arrow next to This PC, and choose OneDrive to browse to a folder on your OneDrive.
Step 6: Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen or right-click to open the app commands, and then tap or click Paste.

Move files to OneDrive using File Explorer:

Step 1: From the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Search.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
Step 2: In the search box, enter file explorer, and in the search results tap or click File Explorer.
You can also open File Explorer by typing the Windows logo key Windows logo key+E.
Step 3: Find the files you want to move in the file explorer.
Step 4: Select and drag those files to the OneDrive folder in the left pane of the file explorer.
Note

When you move a file into the OneDrive folder with File Explorer:

  • The file no longer exists in the original folder. It is in your local OneDrive folder, and it also uploads to the OneDrive cloud when you connect to the Internet.
  • If you delete the file from the OneDrive folder, the file is deleted from your Surface and from the OneDrive cloud.
  • If you want to save space on your Surface, and keep the file just on OneDrive, right-click on the file and tap or click Make online only.

Save files, photos, and more to OneDrive automatically

OneDrive is typically the recommended location that appears when you save Microsoft Office files (like Word docs and Excel worksheets), PDFs, and other documents. And, since your Surface has a built-in camera, you can automatically save copies of the photos you take directly to OneDrive (in the Camera Roll folder) so you’ll always have a backup. To make sure your Surface is set to save automatically, check your OneDrive settings.

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3:

Select OneDrive, and do one of the following:

  • To save documents, tap or click OneDrive, and under Save documents to OneDrive by default, tap or click to turn this On.
  • To save photos, tap or click Camera roll, and choose Upload photos at good quality or, for higher resolution copies, choose Upload photos at best quality.
Tips
  • You can save high-resolution photos and images as well as animated GIFs to OneDrive.
  • You can save files from a desktop app directly to OneDrive by choosing OneDrive in the left panel of the Save or Save As screen.

Get to your OneDrive files

If you are online, you can go to OneDrive.com using a web browser or one of the mobile apps for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone. You can also get to OneDrive by tapping or clicking the OneDrive tile on your Surface or by opening File Explorer and tapping or clicking the OneDrive folder.

Make files available offline

You can save space on your Surface by making files and folders in OneDrive available only when you are online. If you also want to open and edit files when you don't have an Internet connection, you can use the OneDrive app or File Explorer to make them available offline.

Use the OneDrive app to make files available offline

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Swipe down on (or right-click) the file or folder to select it, and tap or click Make offline.
Note
Files that are available offline take up space on your hard drive. It's best to make only those files that you will need when you're not connected to the Internet available offline.

Use the OneDrive app to make all files available offline

If you know you will need access to all of your files in OneDrive when you're not connected to the Internet, you can automatically make all files available offline by doing the following:

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap or click Settings.
Step 3: Tap or click Options, and then turn on Access all files offline.

Use File Explorer to make files available offline

Press and hold (or right-click) the file, and choose Make available offline. To make your entire OneDrive available offline, press and hold (or right-click) OneDrive in the left pane, and choose Make available offline.

Share files using OneDrive

To share files with other people, go to OneDrive.com using a web browser such as Internet Explorer, tap or click on what you’d like to share, and tap or click Share. You can share entire folders or choose individual or groups of files and decide whether you want to let people only view the files or be able to edit them. You can also post links on social networks and get short URLs for sharing in text messages. For more info, see Share files and folders and change permissions.

To view what you have shared or see what others have shared with you, tap or click Shared in the left pane.

Managing data usage: OneDrive settings for metered connections

If you have a Surface 3 (4G LTE), the following settings can help you manage your data usage.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Settings. Then tap or click Change PC settings, tap or click OneDrive, and tap or click Metered connections.

Setting
How to reduce data use
Upload and download files over metered connections
Setting to Off disables OneDrive file uploads and downloads on metered connections.
Upload and download files over metered connections even when I’m roaming
Setting to Off disables OneDrive file uploads and downloads when roaming.
Sync and back up settings over metered connections
Setting to Off disables OneDrive sync and back up settings on metered connections.
Sync and back up settings over metered connections even when I’m roaming
Setting to Off disables OneDrive sync and back up settings when roaming.
Note
Note that if you turn these off, your local OneDrive files and settings will not be synchronized until you connect with Wi-Fi.

Access OneDrive

There are a few different ways to access OneDrive.

  • OneDrive.com. If you have an Internet connection, you can always get to your files from any web connected device by going to Onedrive.com in your web browser and signing in with your Microsoft Account.
  • OneDrive app on the Start screen. Tap or click on the OneDrive tile to open the OneDrive app. The app provides a touch optimized way to access your OneDrive files on your Surface device. You can also launch the OneDrive app from Apps view. Here's how: Swipe up from the middle of the screen to see the Apps view. (If you’re using a mouse, click the down arrow in the bottom-left corner of the screen.)
  • File Explorer on the Desktop. A quick way to view, move, and copy your files to OneDrive. The OneDrive folder on your desktop works like any other local folder, except your files are stored in the cloud.
Tip
If you're connecting to the Internet using mobile broadband, keep in mind that moving files to or from OneDrive involves data transmission. Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. For more info, see ”Managing data use: OneDrive settings for metered connections” below.

Add your files to OneDrive

There are a few different ways to put your existing files on OneDrive. First, decide if you want to keep the original files on your Surface and put copies of them on OneDrive, or if you want to move them from your Surface to OneDrive.

Copy or upload files to OneDrive

You can copy or upload files to OneDrive through OneDrive.com, the OneDrive app, or File Explorer.

From OneDrive.com:

Step 1: Open a web browser such as Internet Explorer and go to http://onedrive.com.
Step 2: If prompted, sign in with your Microsoft Account.
Step 3: Along the top row, tap or click Upload.
Step 4: Browse to your file, and then tap or click Open.

From the OneDrive app:

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Tap or click folders to browse to the location on OneDrive where you want to add the files.
Step 3: Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen, or right-click to open the app commands, and then tap or click Add files.
Step 4: Browse to the files you want to upload, tap or click to select them, and then tap or click Copy to OneDrive.
Notes
  • To save storage space on your Surface, you can choose to make a file or folder only available online. Select the file, and choose Make online only.
  • From File Explorer, you have a few options. You can select the file, click Copy to, and choose OneDrive as the location. You can also select the file, type Ctrl+C to copy, open OneDrive, and type Ctrl+V to paste.

Move files to OneDrive

Moving files to OneDrive instead of just copying them not only puts them online where you can access them from anywhere, it also frees up space on your Surface.

Move files to OneDrive using OneDrive.com:

If you want to move files to OneDrive.com and remove them from your hard drive, you can upload your files and safely delete them from your Surface.

Move files to OneDrive using the OneDrive App:

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Tap or click the arrow next to OneDrive, and then tap or click This PC.
Step 3: Browse to the files you want to move, and then swipe down on them or right-click them to select them.
Step 4: Tap or click Cut.
Step 5: Tap or click the arrow next to This PC, and choose OneDrive to browse to a folder on your OneDrive.
Step 6: Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen or right-click to open the app commands, and then tap or click Paste.

Move files to OneDrive using File Explorer:

Step 1: From the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Search.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
Step 2: In the search box, enter file explorer, and in the search results tap or click File Explorer.
You can also open File Explorer by typing the Windows logo key Windows logo key+E.
Step 3: Find the files you want to move in the file explorer.
Step 4: Select and drag those files to the OneDrive folder in the left pane of the file explorer.
Note

When you move a file into the OneDrive folder with File Explorer:

  • The file no longer exists in the original folder. It is in your local OneDrive folder, and it also uploads to the OneDrive cloud when you connect to the Internet.
  • If you delete the file from the OneDrive folder, the file is deleted from your Surface and from the OneDrive cloud.
  • If you want to save space on your Surface, and keep the file just on OneDrive, right-click on the file and tap or click Make online only.

Save files, photos, and more to OneDrive automatically

OneDrive is typically the recommended location that appears when you save Microsoft Office files (like Word docs and Excel worksheets), PDFs, and other documents. And, since your Surface has a built-in camera, you can automatically save copies of the photos you take directly to OneDrive (in the Camera Roll folder) so you’ll always have a backup. To make sure your Surface is set to save automatically, check your OneDrive settings.

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3:

Select OneDrive, and do one of the following:

  • To save documents, tap or click OneDrive, and under Save documents to OneDrive by default, tap or click to turn this On.
  • To save photos, tap or click Camera roll, and choose Upload photos at good quality, or for higher resolution copies, choose Upload photos at best quality.
Tips
  • You can save high-resolution photos and images as well as animated GIFs to OneDrive.
  • You can save files from a desktop app directly to OneDrive by choosing OneDrive in the left panel of the Save or Save As screen.

Get to your OneDrive files

If you are online, you can go to OneDrive.com using a web browser or one of the mobile apps for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone. You can also get to OneDrive by tapping or clicking the OneDrive tile on your Surface or by opening File Explorer and tapping or clicking the OneDrive folder.

Make files available offline

You can save space on your Surface by making files and folders in OneDrive available only when you are online. If you also want to open and edit files when you don't have an Internet connection, you can use the OneDrive app or File Explorer to make them available offline.

Use the OneDrive app to make files available offline

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Swipe down on (or right-click) the file or folder to select it, and tap or click Make offline.
Note
Files that are available offline take up space on your hard drive. It's best to make only those files that you will need when you're not connected to the Internet available offline.

Use the OneDrive app to make all files available offline

If you know you will need access to all of your files in OneDrive when you're not connected to the Internet, you can automatically make all files available offline by doing the following:

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap or click Settings.
Step 3: Tap or click Options, and then turn on Access all files offline.

Use File Explorer to make files available offline

Press and hold (or right-click) the file, and choose Make available offline. To make your entire OneDrive available offline, press and hold (or right-click) OneDrive in the left pane, and choose Make available offline.

Share files using OneDrive

To share files with other people, go to OneDrive.com using a web browser such as Internet Explorer, tap or click on what you’d like to share, and tap or click Share. You can share entire folders or choose individual or groups of files and decide whether you want to let people only view the files or be able to edit them. You can also post links on social networks and get short URLs for sharing in text messages. For more info, see Share files and folders and change permissions.

To view what you have shared or see what others have shared with you, tap or click Shared in the left pane.

Managing data usage: OneDrive settings for metered connections

If you have a Surface 2 (4G), the following settings can help you manage your data usage.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Settings. Then tap or click Change PC settings, tap or click OneDrive, and tap or click Metered connections.

Setting
How to reduce data use
Upload and download files over metered connections
Setting to Off disables OneDrive file uploads and downloads on metered connections.
Upload and download files over metered connections even when I’m roaming
Setting to Off disables OneDrive file uploads and downloads when roaming.
Sync and back up settings over metered connections
Setting to Off disables OneDrive sync and back up settings on metered connections.
Sync and back up settings over metered connections even when I’m roaming
Setting to Off disables OneDrive sync and back up settings when roaming.
Note
Note that if you turn these off, your local OneDrive files and settings will not be synchronized until you connect with Wi-Fi.

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