Create a document from OneDrive for Business

You can create new Office documents directly from OneDrive for Business.

Not sure where to create your document? See Should I save my documents to OneDrive for Business or a team site?

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Here are the steps from the video:

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account at http://portal.office.com. For example, ellen@contoso.onmicrosoft.com, ellen@contoso.edu, or ellen@contoso.com. If you're not sure what your work or school account is, check the welcome email message that asked you to sign in the first time.

    Tip   If you're having trouble signing in, see How to sign in to Office 365.

  2. At the top of the page, select the app launcher App launcher icon, and then select OneDrive.

    Using the app launcher in Office 365 to go to OneDrive for Business
  3. Click New, and then choose the type of document you want to create.


    Office Online options that you can use from the New button in OneDrive for Business

    The new document opens in the Office Online program you selected. For example, selecting Word document opens Word Online.

    Tip   There's no save button, because the document is saved for you automatically.

  4. To rename the document, click its name in the title bar, type the new name you want, and then press ENTER.

    Clicking the title bar to change the name of a document Word Online
  5. When you’re done and you want to go back to where the file is saved, click your name, next to the file name.

    (Or, click the back button in your browser to go back to where your document is saved. If you click Back, click refresh to see your new document in the file list.)

Tip    If you want access to all app features, you can switch to the full Office app. For example, in Word Online, click Open in Word to continue working on the document in Word.

Open the full Office application instead of running Office Online

Create a document from an Office desktop app

You can also start in an Office desktop app, such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, and create and save a document straight to OneDrive for Business.

  1. Start a document as usual in an Office desktop app (File > New, and pick a template).

  2. When you're ready to save the document, click File > Save As > OneDrive - YourCompanyName. For example, OneDrive - Contoso.

    Saving a file from Word to OneDrive for Business

  3. Give the file a name, and then click Save.

Tips   If you don't see OneDrive - YourCompanyName, click Add a Place > Office 365 SharePoint. Then sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.

Adding OneDrive for Business as a place to save to in Word

Once you add OneDrive for Business as a place in one Office app, you can save files from all your Office apps.

If you’re signed in to Office 365, and your subscription includes Office, you can install the latest version of the desktop apps. At the top of the page in Office 365, go to Settings Office 365 Settings button > Office 365 Settings > Software.

Applies To: Office 365 End User, SharePoint Online, Office 365 Small Business Admin, SharePoint Online Website, OneDrive for Business, Office 365 Admin



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