OneDrive for Business Quick Start Guide

Features and Benefits:

  • 1 TB storage
  • 90 day self-managed restore from Recycle Bin
  • Microsoft Office Online tools available from anywhere, at any time

Login: and use to login. Once you are logged in, click on the OneDrive “tile”.

Microsoft Office Online: You have access to all Microsoft Office products online or you can choose to use what is on your computer. To change the name of a document, type a name where it says “Document”. Your file will automatically be saved as you work. To get back to your document, use the “back” browser button or click on your name or click on the “waffle”.

Create a new Folder/File:  From your main document area, click “New” and select New Folder or select the type of file you would like to create (e.g. Word, Excel) from the list.

Delete a file: From your main document area, highlight the file and click on the delete key.

Check for versions: From your main document area, highlight the file and click on the three dots... and select Version History. This will allow you to see the versions that have been created.

Share a file or folder:  Both the Share and Copy link commands are now default to the same permissions and use the same link settings.  Share uses the automatic email messaging inside of Office 365.  Copy Link allows you to send your own email message.

  • Anyone with this link:    This is anonymous sharing.  Anyone can forward the link to another person.  This option does not require recipients to sign-in.  You do NOT have to have any Microsoft account to use this.  You can uncheck the “Edit” if you only want recipients to view. 
    • When would I use this:
      • Easiest way to share files and folders.
      • Use for files and folders that are not considered sensitive.
      • Use for files and folders that you easily want to share with Healthcare users or others that are not sensitive. 
  • People in University of Iowa:    This is only useful if you are sharing with other University of Iowa folks.  This will still not work for sharing with Healthcare users unless you select the Iowa account and copy the link.  The “automatic email” link will not work for Healthcare users.
    • When would I use this:
      • Use for files and folders when sharing internally with other UI people in the Iowa Domain.
      • Use with Healthcare users if the document is sensitive.  Select their Iowa Domain account, copy link, and send from your email client (e.g. Outlook).
  • Specific people:    Grant permission only to the people you list. This link will only work for users who have a Microsoft account (either at another institution using O365 or a personal Microsoft account such as, or   You cannot forward this link.
    • When would I use this:
      • Use for files and folders that are sensitive.
      • Use if you do not want anyone to forward your link.

Sharing a Document from Word and Excel is very simple and easy. The document must be opened up from within OneDrive and you must be done editing the document. Click on “Share” in the upper left side and the regular OneDrive sharing box will open. Proceed to share your document the same way listed above.

Collaborating on a Document from Word and Excel will allow multiple people to work on a document at the same time. To do this, share the document. If another person is editing the document at the same time, it will show up in the upper right hand corner.

Uploading a Document

  • You can upload a document multiple ways in OneDrive for Business. The first is just to click on the “upload” button in your web browser and browse to the document on your local hard drive.
  • A second method is to drag the file up and “hover” until it says “Drop here…”.

Mobile Devices: OneDrive for Business is fully functional with mobile devices.

Syncing Features of OneDrive for Business

You can sync your data to your local computer if you are the only one who uses that computer.  This is for Macs and Windows PCs.  "Selective Sync" which allows you to decide which files and folders to sync.  Make sure you have enough room on your hard drive (C:) before starting this process.  To watch your documents sync, go to the Windows notification area (lower right hand side of your window) and select the blue cloud.  Please note:  You do not want to sync your data if you are on any type of shared computer.  Use the browser

Recycle Bin: To access the Recycle Bin, go to the left side of your browser screen and double click. Documents are saved for 90 days after they have been deleted. You can also select this from the sync area on your local computer by selecting "Manage Storage". OneDrive Service Center:

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July 31, 2017