What's new in OneDrive for Windows 10

What's new in OneDrive for Windows 10

Last updated: 26 November 2018

OneDrive in Windows 10 includes a few changes designed to make saving, syncing, and finding files easier.

OneDrive settings have moved

The OneDrive and OneDrive for Business settings and pause menus have moved. Everything that you used to access via the OneDrive icon right-click menu has now moved to the OneDrive activity center.

For more information, read How to access OneDrive settings.

Files save by default to OneDrive

You can set up OneDrive in Windows 10 so that when you create or save a new file, it saves by default to OneDrive. This means OneDrive is offered as the "first choice" location to save your files, unless you specify another one.

Note: OneDrive is the default setting if you have a "clean" installation of Windows 10 - for example, in a new computer that has Windows 10 already installed. If you installed Windows 10 as an upgrade from earlier Windows versions, files save by default to the same place they did before the upgrade.

Save As with OneDrive default

No matter which default setting you choose, you still can select the save location you want each time you save a file. And if you want, you can change the default setting - see Files save to OneDrive in Windows 10.

Tip: No matter where you save files by default, they are always available on your computer, even when you're not connected to the Internet.

OneDrive is built into File Explorer

OneDrive is part of Windows 10, so it automatically appears in File Explorer.

A screenshot showing the OneDrive Personal folder in File Explorer.

Use File Explorer to find and open files stored in OneDrive just like the files stored in your computer. Drag files to copy or move them to or from OneDrive, or move them between folders.

Tip: To copy files instead of move them, press and hold the Ctrl key while dragging.

Choose what syncs to your computer

In Windows 10, OneDrive offers selective sync, which means you choose which OneDrive folders sync to your computer. This helps you save storage space on your computer, and reduces bandwidth used during sync processes.

To set the folders that get synchronized, use OneDrive settings from your computer's notifications area at the bottom of the screen.

  1. In your computer's notification area, right-click the OneDrive icon (you might have to click the Show Hidden Icons arrow to find it), then click Settings.

    OneDrive white icon in system tray

  2. On the Account tab, select Choose folders.

    A screenshot showing the cursor hovering over the Choose folders button in the Account tab in OneDrive settings.

  3. To make all your OneDrive files available on your computer, check Make all files available.

    To have fewer files on your computer, under Or make these folders visible, check the folders you want to sync.

    Sync files from OneDrive

Search OneDrive from the taskbar

Search in Windows 10 now searches items you have in OneDrive, including file metadata, such as photo tags, and file contents. Use natural language to search, such as, "find photos from last week", and see summaries to help you find the right item. You can use Cortana to help you search, if she's available in your version of Windows.

  1. In the Windows search box, enter the word or phrase you want to search.

  2. Click My Stuff.

    Windows desktop search

    Any files you have that match your search appear in the results, from OneDrive as well as from your computer.

    My Stuff search results

Need more help?

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Get online help
See more support pages for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

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Email support
If you still need help, shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app or email the OneDrive support team. To contact OneDrive for Business support from your PC or Mac, select the OneDrive icon in the notification area or menu bar, then select More > Send feedback > I don't like something.

OneDrive for Business Admins can also view the OneDrive for Business Tech Community, Help for OneDrive for Business Admins, or contact Office 365 for business support.

Office 365 community forums

Got feedback?
OneDrive UserVoice is your place to suggest the features you’d like to see us add to OneDrive. While we can’t guarantee any specific features or timelines, we will respond to every suggestion that gets at least 500 votes.

Go to the OneDrive UserVoice.

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