OneDrive for the Windows Desktop
This article covers how to open and where to find OneDrive for the Windows Desktop.
Opening OneDrive For The First Time:
Using the OneDrive Cloud Icon:
- In the bottom right of the screen, click the ^ carrot to view more taskbar icons.
- Click the grey cloud.
- If the cloud is blue, you are already signed in and can skip to the "Finding OneDrive Documents" section.
- If there is no cloud icon, please continue to "Using the Application"
Using the Application
- In the Windows search bar in the bottom left, type onedrive.
- Click on OneDrive in the results to open up the desktop application.
- If nothing happens, please continue to "Using the OneDrive Web Application".
Using the OneDrive Web Application
- Go to StoutCloud available from logins.uwstout.edu.
- Click on the App Launcher to location OneDrive.
- Log into the OneDrive web application.
- In the menu above your OneDrive documents, click Sync.
- If you are continuing to have issues with opening OneDrive, please contact the Technology Help Desk
- This is the window that should open if you are not signed into OneDrive. Click Sign In.
- Enter your full Stout email address (@my.uwstout.edu for students and @uwstout.edu for faculty/staff).
- Most users will not have any need to change the OneDrive folder location. If you do, click Change Location. If you don't, select Next.
- Many computers hang at this window. Please just click the Next button.
- You can read the windows if you'd like or else click the right-arrow until you get to the very end and see this window. You can either close the window using the X in the top right or you can click Open My OneDrive Folder.
- Congratulations! You are now signed into OneDrive!
Finding OneDrive Documents on your Desktop
- Your OneDrive folder is available from the File Explorer as seen below. You can open it and view its contents just like any other local file.
- There is a very cool option in OneDrive Desktop that will sync and backup your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures with OneDrive. This is an automatic sync that only requires to a quick setup.
- Please see this article for instructions to turn on the "Protect My Files" feature: