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OneDrive is an online (cloud) storage area for you to store/backup your files, it is fully integrated into Windows 10 so you can easily access your OneDrive files using File Explorer, or via the OneDrive website from any computer


If using a Microsoft Account by default all your documents, and photos from your camera will automatically be stored on OneDrive, as well as all your Windows settings so that you can have the same settings across all of your devices (i.e. start menu layout and appearance, desktop personalization, app settings, internet history and favorites, language/keyboard/mouse settings etc)


If you use Microsoft Office then this also fully integrates with OneDrive so you can save all your files in the cloud automatically


When you first create a Microsoft Account you automatically get 5Gb of free OneDrive storage and can upgrade to more space with an annual subscription


File Explorer

If you are using a Microsoft Account to sign-in to Windows 10 then you will automatically see your OneDrive account in File Explorer (as highlighted below)


From here you can access any files stored online, create new files/folders, delete any files you don't want etc


You can also right mouse click on a file or folder and choose to make it available offline - handy if you are going to be using your computer without an internet connection for a while, once you are reconnected to the internet then any changes to the file/folder will automatically be backed up




Windows Backup

A backup tool which will allow you to easily backup your Desktop, Documents and Pictures to OneDrive.


It will also remember what apps you have installed including where they are pinned on the start menu and taskbar, your Windows 11 settings and credentials such as for Wi-Fi networks and Edge websites making the transition to a new PC much more seamless.




You may see the prompt below pop up in your notification area (bottom right corner) asking if you wish to enable this feature if you are not already using OneDrive.




OneDrive Website

You can also access all files stored in your OneDrive from any computer by visiting




Windows Back up

Released in September 2023 this new App can be accessed from your Start Menu




If you don't currently use OneDrive then you will see a screen similar to below


If you click Back up you will be prompted to sign in to an existing Microsoft Account if you have one or to create a new one if you don't


Once signed in the backup will commence




If you already use OneDrive then the screen you see will be slightly different than above as it will show:



When last backup was done


How much of your storage has been used


Each of these sections can be expanded to confirm what is being backed up




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