Office 365 (OneDrive) - Configure OneDrive for Windows/Mac

This document will provide instructions for configuring OneDrive to work with your UW-Madison Office 365 account on either Windows or Mac OS X operating systems.

Important: Microsoft has updated OneDrive to work with UW-Madison's Office 365 implementation. You can now use either OneDrive or OneDrive for Business to connect your computer to your Office 365 account. There are differences between the two applications. Please review this information before deciding which client to use: Onedrive vs OneDrive for Business.

Windows versions

  •  OneDrive for Windows 10
    • Have Windows 10? You already have the latest OneDrive sync client. You’re good to go—no need to download anything. Look for OneDrive on your task bar, in File Explorer, or type “OneDrive” in the Cortana Search bar. Follow the instructions below to configure your UW-Madison Office 365 account.

      1. Open OneDrive.
      2. A new window will open prompting you to set up OneDrive. Enter your email address in the available field, then click Sign in.
      3. You should now be prompted with a UW-Madison Login screen. Enter your NetID credentials, and click Log in.
      4. You will now see a new screen explaining your OneDrive folder and it's location. Change the folder location by clicking on Change location. Click Next to continue.
      5. The next screen will give you options for choosing what you want to sync from your OneDrive cloud. Select the folders you want to sync, then click Next.
      6. OneDrive is now set up to sync files to your PC. Click Open my OneDrive - UW-Madison folder to view the new OneDrive folder in your File Explorer.


  •  OneDrive for Windows 8.1
    • Have Windows 8.1? You’ll need the new sync client for OneDrive. Download it here from Microsoft. If you already have it, you’re good to go—no need to download anything. Look for OneDrive on your task bar, in File Explorer, or type “OneDrive” in the Windows Search bar. Follow the instructions below to configure your UW-Madison Office 365 account.

      1. Open OneDrive.
      2. A new window will open prompting you to set up OneDrive. Enter your email address in the available field, then click Sign in.
      3. You should now be prompted with a UW-Madison Login screen. Enter your NetID credentials, and click Log in.
      4. You will now see a new screen explaining your OneDrive folder and it's location. Change the folder location by clicking on Change location. Click Next to continue.
      5. The next screen will give you options for choosing what you want to sync from your OneDrive cloud. Select the folders you want to sync, then click Next.
      6. OneDrive is now set up to sync files to your PC. Click Open my OneDrive - UW-Madison folder to view the new OneDrive folder in your File Explorer.


  •  OneDrive for Windows 7
    • Have Windows 7? You’ll need the new sync client for OneDrive. Download it here from Microsoft. If you already have it, you’re good to go—no need to download anything. Look for OneDrive on your task bar, in File Explorer, or type “OneDrive” in the Windows Search bar. Follow the instructions below to configure your UW-Madison Office 365 account.

      1. Open OneDrive.
      2. A new window will open prompting you to set up OneDrive. Enter your email address in the available field, then click Sign in.
      3. You should now be prompted with a UW-Madison Login screen. Enter your NetID credentials, and click Log in.
      4. You will now see a new screen explaining your OneDrive folder and it's location. Change the folder location by clicking on Change location. Click Next to continue.
      5. The next screen will give you options for choosing what you want to sync from your OneDrive cloud. Select the folders you want to sync, then click Next.
      6. OneDrive is now set up to sync files to your PC. Click Open my OneDrive - UW-Madison folder to view the new OneDrive folder in your File Explorer.

Mac OS X version

  •  OneDrive for Mac OS X
    • Have Mac OS X? You'll need to download OneDrive from the Mac App Store, which will require Mac OS X 10.9.0 or later. If you already have it, you’re good to go—no need to download anything. Look for OneDrive in your Launchpad, in Finder, or type "OneDrive" in Spotlight search. Follow the instructions below to configure your UW-Madison Office 365 account.

      1. Open OneDrive.
      2. A new window will open prompting you to set up OneDrive. Enter your email address in the available field, then click Sign in.
      3. You should now be prompted with a UW-Madison Login screen. Enter your NetID credentials, and click Log in.
      4. You will now see a new screen explaining your OneDrive folder and it's location. Choose the folder location by clicking Choose OneDrive Folder Location. After you've chosen a location, click Next.
      5. The next screen will give you options for choosing what you want to sync from your OneDrive cloud. Select the folders you want to sync, then click Next.
      6. OneDrive is now set up to sync files to your Mac. Click Open my OneDrive - UW-Madison folder to view the new OneDrive folder in Finder.

Other resources:

What is OneDrive for Business
OneDrive for Business Help



Keywords:microsoft ms office365 o365 configure onedrive windows win 10 8.1 8 7 mac os x osx apple one drive for business   Doc ID:66930
Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
Created:2016-09-14 12:54 CSTUpdated:2016-09-28 12:48 CST
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