Storing your documents online gives you access to them anywhere, on multiple devices. Online documents are also easier to share because you can link to them instead of sending email attachments. As an added bonus, you can read and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents in a web browser if they’re stored in an online location like SkyDrive.com or SkyDrive Pro (available in Office 365 and SharePoint).
Upload personal documents to SkyDrive
- Sign in with your Microsoft account at SkyDrive.com.
If you don’t have an account yet, sign up for one (You can use your own email address, or sign up for a new one as part of your new Microsoft account).
- On the SkyDrive page, click Upload near the top of the page, and upload your files.
Upload team documents to SkyDrive Pro
If your organization has an Office 365 plan, sign in to Office 365. Or, go to your SharePoint site.
- Near the top of the page click SkyDrive.
- Click New Document > Upload Existing File.
Note SkyDrive Pro is your personal library, but uploading files to libraries in team sites is another good way to share documents in your organization.
Use a SkyDrive folder on your device
If you’ve downloaded the SkyDrive app, you’ll see a folder called SkyDrive on your device. Use that folder like any file storage folder. The documents you store there stay in sync with SkyDrive.com.
Note If you use Office 365 or SharePoint you might see a SkyDrive Pro folder. The files you store there are synced with your SkyDrive or team site library in Office 365 or SharePoint. For more information, see Sync a library to your computer.
Save directly from Office
If you have a recent version of Office you can save documents directly to online locations from your Office program. That eliminates the extra step of saving on your computer, then uploading.
In the newest version of Office
In Office programs, go to File > Save As > Add a Location, and then pick your team site, SkyDrive Pro, or SkyDrive location and sign in. Once you’ve picked the location, it’s always listed in the places available to save a document.
In Office 2010
In Office 2010 (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), go to File > Save & Send, and then click Save to Web (SkyDrive) or Save to SharePoint, and pick a location.
In OneNote 2010, go to File > Share, and then click Web and sign in to SkyDrive, or click Network and pick a SharePoint location.
For details, see Save a document to your SkyDrive from Office 2010 or Save a document to SharePoint from Office 2010.