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Suppose that you were working on a Word document on your computer, and now you want to find that file using your tablet. With Office 365, you can find your files across all your devices. Watch the video to see how this works on an Android tablet, and scroll down to see how to perform this task across a variety of devices.

The following procedures describe how to perform this task on an Android tablet. However, you can use another device as well. See Specific "how to" instructions for your device.

Important: Before you begin, make sure that you have a Word document that you recently worked on saved to your OneDrive for Business library. If you want to use our example document, you can download it here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=723570. Then save it to your OneDrive for Business library.

You can find and open a document on your Android tablet using one of several methods.

To find and open a document using Word on your Android tablet

  1. Open Word on your device.

  2. Under Recent, identify a document that you have recently worked on.

  3. Tap the document to open it.

To find and open a document using OneDrive on your Android tablet

  1. Open your OneDrive app on your device.

  2. In the upper left corner, tap Recent, and identify a document that you've recently worked on.

  3. Tap the document to open it.

Specific "how to" instructions for your device

You can find and open a document on your Windows PC or tablet using one of several methods.

To find and open a document using Word on your computer or tablet

  1. Open Word on your device.

  2. Under Recent, identify a document that you have recently worked on.

  3. Click (or tap) the document to open it.

To find and open a document using OneDrive on your computer or tablet

  1. Open your OneDrive for Business app on your device.

  2. From your list of files and folders, identify a document that you have recently worked on.

  3. Double-click (or tap) the document to open it.

To find and open a document using OneDrive in the browser on your computer or tablet

  1. Using the web browser on your device, go to http://portal.office.com and sign in to Office 365 for business using your work or school account.

  2. From the home screen or using the app launcher, choose OneDrive.

  3. In the left navigation pane, choose Recent, and identify a document that you have recently worked on.

  4. Click (or tap) a document to open it.

To find and open a document using OneDrive in the browser on your Mac

  1. Using the web browser on your computer, go to http://portal.office.com and sign in to Office 365 for business using your work or school account.

  2. From the home screen or using the app launcher, click OneDrive.

  3. In the left navigation pane, click Recent to see the files that you have recently worked on.

  4. Click the document to open it.

You can find and open a document on your Android phone or tablet using one of several methods.

To find and open a document using Word on your Android phone or tablet

  1. Open Word on your device.

  2. Under Recent, identify a document that you have recently worked on.

  3. Tap the document to open it.

To find and open a document using OneDrive on your Android phone or tablet

  1. Open your OneDrive app on your device.

  2. In the upper left corner, tap Recent, and identify a document that you've recently worked on.

  3. Tap the document to open it.

You can find and open a document on your iPad or iPhone using one of several methods.

To find and open a document using Word on your iPad or iPhone

  1. Open Word on your device.

  2. Under Recent, identify a document that you have recently worked on.

  3. Tap the document to open it.

To find and open a document using OneDrive on your iPad or iPhone

  1. Open your OneDrive app on your device.

  2. In the lower left corner, tap Recent, and identify a document that you've recently worked on.

  3. Tap the document to open it.

To find and open a document using the Office Hub on your Windows Phone

  1. Open the Office Hub on your Windows Phone.

  2. Under Recent, identify a document that you've recently worked on.

  3. Tap the document to open it.

To find and open a document using OneDrive on your Windows Phone

  1. Open your OneDrive app on your device.

  2. On the OneDrive menu in the upper left corner of your screen, tap your work or school account.

  3. Tap Documents, and identify a document that you've recently worked on.

  4. Tap the document to open it.

To find and open a document using OneDrive in the browser on your device

  1. Using the web browser on your device, go to http://portal.office.com and sign in to Office 365 for business using your work or school account.

  2. From the home screen or using the app launcher, choose OneDrive.

  3. In the left navigation pane, choose Recent to see the files that you have recently worked on.

  4. Click (or tap) the document to open it..

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I’m away from the office but I need to find and update a Word document for my team.

I’ll start by opening Word.

Under Recent, I can see a list of documents I’ve been working on. I’ll tap the latest to open it.

And here’s my document, ready for me to work on it.

That one was easy because I knew what I was looking for.

Now I need to find another file, but I can't remember what kind of Office document it is. So for this one, I'll go to my OneDrive.

Here I see all my files and folders that I’ve saved to my OneDrive for Business library. I can also tell which ones are Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and so on.

If I can’t remember which folder my file is in, I can tap the Recent documents icon.

Now I can see a list of files I’ve been working on with the most recent at the top.

With Office 365, I can work on documents with my teammates wherever I am.

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