Move files and folders to OneDrive (PC)

If you use a Windows computer on campus, the files in your Documents, Desktop, and Pictures folders will automatically sync to your OneDrive. If you have files or folders saved outside of these locations (for example in your Z: drive) that you want backed up to the cloud, you can follow these steps to manually move them to your OneDrive.

Step-By-Step Guide

You can use the Copy and Paste commands to copy your files/folders to OneDrive. Once your files/folder have been successfully copied, they can be deleted from the original (source) location.

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder where the files are stored.

File Explorer

  1. Select the files or folders that you want to move. To select all files and folders within a folder, click Select all on the Home tab (or press Ctrl+A).

Select All

Tip! To select a number of sequential files or folders, click the first item, press and hold down the Shift key, and then click the last item. To select a number of non-sequential  files or folders, click the first item, press and hold down the Control key while you click on the items that you want to select.

  1. With the items selected, click Copy on the Home tab. 


  1. Use the left navigation pane to locate the desired folder in OneDrive -

select folder on OneDrive

  1. Click Paste on the Home tab.


Please Note: To avoid confusion and duplicate files, once your files/folder have been successfully copied to OneDrive, it is recommended that you delete them from their original location. 

Saving new files to OneDrive

New files that you create should default to saving to your OneDrive. You can also use the Save As command to save a file to OneDrive:

  1. With the file open, select Save As from the File menu. 
  2. Select OneDrive - buffalostate and locate the desired folder.

Save to OneDrive

  1. Enter a name for the file in the File name box, and click Save
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