When you install the Microsoft OneDrive sync app for Mac, a copy of your OneDrive is downloaded to your Mac and put in the OneDrive folder. This folder is kept in sync with OneDrive. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder on the OneDrive website, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted in your OneDrive folder and vice versa.
To upload files to OneDrive automatically, just copy or move the files to your OneDrive folder using the Finder, or save them in your OneDrive folder from an app. If you installed the OneDrive app on other computers, the files will automatically be added to the OneDrive folders on them, too.
You can also use the Finder to rename and delete files, create new folders, and move files around in your OneDrive folder. The changes will automatically be made in OneDrive and your other computers that have the sync app installed.
The sync app lets you sync files from your OneDrive for work or school and even from Microsoft SharePoint sites.
Install and set up
If you're not signed in to OneDrive with any account, start OneDrive to connect a work or school account.
Start OneDrive by pressing cmd+Space to launch a Spotlight query and type OneDrive. This starts OneDrive Setup.
Enter your work or school account and then select Sign in to set up your account.
Key parts of OneDrive Setup
There are a few points of OneDrive Setup that are helpful to watch for:
When setting up your OneDrive, it has a default location set. However, you can change this during setup. On the This is your OneDrive folder screen, click Change Location.
Select a location where you would like to save your OneDrive files and click Choose this location.
When you see the This is your OneDrive folder screen, you’ll now see a path to the folder you selected. Click Next to continue.
On the Sync Files from Your OneDrive screen, you can choose the folders you want to sync to your computer, and click Next. This conserves space on your computer, and reduces bandwidth needed for the sync processes.
You’re done! Click Open my OneDrive folder to see your files sync to your folder.
You can find OneDrive up in your Menu bar. You’ll have a cloud icon for every account you’ve connected to OneDrive. So you’ll have one cloud if you’re only syncing a work or school account, one cloud if you’re syncing only a personal account, or two clouds if you’re syncing both.
You’ll also see a folder in Finder called OneDrive – YourOrganizationName
Note: Contoso is an example name. You will see the name of your organization.
Turn on Finder integration
If you’re on OSX 10.10 or higher, get sync status directly from Finder by enabling Finder overlays in Settings.
First, click the Apple logo in the top left corner of your Mac Desktop and select System Preferences, then select Extensions in the top-level menu (shown in the 3rd row from the top).
Toggle on the OneDrive Finder Integration to enable Finder overlays.
You’re all set. Open up your OneDrive folder in Finder to see overlays on your files and folders.
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