HOW TO: OneDrive for Business – Managing Files in OneDrive

Files can be managed in MS OneDrive using several features including downloading, uploading, sharing, organizing, and more. 

Office365 Sign In

  • On the Office 365 home page you should see the applications available to you. You may also click on the nine dots in the upper left corner (depending on your settings) to see all available apps.
  • Click the OneDrive icon (it looks like a cloud).   

Office 365 Home Page

  • Move your mouse over the file or folder that you want to select.
  • Click the check mark in the circle to the left of that file or folder. 

Note: The file or folder should be highlighted and have a check mark to the left side of it.

Options available now will appear below the search box as shown below. These options all apply to the selected file only. In items 1-9 below, we will describe how these options work.

 1. Open:  To open a selected .docx file in MS Word Online or MS Word on your computer:

  • Select Open.
  • Then choose your preference. Open in Browser opens a new browser tab and opens the file in the online version of Word.  Open in App opens the MS Word installed on your computer and opens the file in that. In either case, changes will automatically be saved in OneDrive.
  • Or click on the file to open it in the Browser (same as above). Note you have most of the features of your app MS Word in the browser version.

Open options

2. Share:

  • Click Share.
  • Click on People you specify can edit.

Send link options

  • Change it to People in Clemson University with the link or the choice you prefer.
  • Note the Allow editing option. Uncheck it if you don't want the people you share with to be able to edit the file.
  • Click Apply.
  • Back in the first window, enter the email addresses of the people you want to share with.
  • Click Send.


Link settings

3. Copy Link:

The Copy Link option can be used to share a link to your file that you previously selected. 

Note: With this link you can give direct access to your file (Read-Only or Edit) or use the link to access it directly yourself (Read-Only or Edit).

To change the permissions for the link (just like in the Share option above):

  • Select Copy link.  
  • Click on the > next to People in Clemson University with the link can edit.  You can select who the link will go to and click on unclick Allow editing and click Apply.
  • Next you can specify email addresses and click Send, sending the link to those people.  

Copy Link page

4. Download:

With the download option, you can have the selected file downloaded to your computer. Note the original will stay in OneDrive, and a copy of it will be downloaded to your computer. 

  • To do this click Download. 

5. Delete:

To Delete a file:

  • Select Delete.  You will be asked to verify that you want to Delete the file or folder.

Warning: Deleted items go to the Recycle bin. More about that in this article:

6. Copy to:

To copy a file over to a folder:

  • Click to select a file
  • Click Copy to (you may need to click … to see this and other options)

Extra selected file options under ...

  • It will ask where to copy to, select Your OneDrive.
  • Then you will get a choice of all of your folders and subfolders. Select the one you want and click Copy Here.

Select a OneDrive folder

7. Move to:

This works exactly the same as Copy to in #6 above. The difference is the file is in both the original location and the new location with Copy to.  With Move to, the file is removed from the old location and now is only in the new location.

8. Rename:

This option lets you change the name of your file.

9. Version History:

This option lets you see old versions and go back to an older version if necessary.  Note: old versions are only kept for 30 days.



If you deselect any items (or have none selected), the menus are different.  From here you can select New or Upload to create or add a new document

1. New:  Click New, then chose Folder, or the type of document you want to create.

OneDrive New options

2. Upload: Click on Upload, chose Files or Folder, and search your computer for the file or folder to upload. (Note: you must deselect any files or folders you have selected to see the Upload button.)


For more questions on MS OneDrive, email or call 864-656-3494.

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