How to Set up OneDrive on Windows 11

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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.

windows 11 onedrive app from taskbar
Windows 11 onedrive app from the taskbar

Alternatively, click the Start button, search for “OneDrive”, and then open it:

windows 11 start menu onedrive icon
windows 11 start menu onedrive icon

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

windows 11 set up onedrive folder
Windows 11 set up onedrive folder

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.

windows 11 onedrive folder location on set up
Windows 11 onedrive folder location on set up

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.

Select Next.

windows 11 all your files ready and on demand window
windows 11 all your files ready and on-demand window

On the final screen, you will see a button to open your OneDrive folder. Click that to open your OneDrive folder in File Explorer.

windows 11 your onedrive is ready for you
windows 11 your onedrive is ready for you

You’re all set. Your OneDrive files will appear in File Explorer in the OneDrive folder. 

windows 11 onedrive default folder pane
Windows 11 onedrive default folder pane

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

onedrive icon on taskbar windows 11
onedrive icon on the taskbar windows 11

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sync-files-with-onedrive-in-windows-615391c4-2bd3-4aae-a42a-858262e42a49#bkmk_install

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to set up OneDrive on Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.