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What Is OneDrive?

Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud storage service that is part of Microsoft Office 365.  This service is available to faculty, staff and students.

Bellow are some of the benefits that OneDrive can offer.

  • 1 terabyte (TB) cloud storage.
  • Access to Files Anytime, Anywhere via
  • Collaborative Office Document Editing via Office 365 integration
  • Local File Synchronization via the OneDrive app
  • Document Sharing

OneDrive File Syncronization

Open a web browser and go to and log in with your

Click the Sync icon

This will open the OneDrive setup app.

*If OneDrive does not launch you will have to download and install the app.  Windows or MacOS

Here you will use your to sign in.

Once you have successfully authenticated you will be asked what files and folders you would like to synchronize with your computer.  These items with be downloaded to your computer and will exists on both your computer hard drive and in the OneDrive cloud.

Please note that while you have 1TB of cloud storage space with OneDrive, the hard drive you are syncing to may not have that much free space.

Document Sharing

Open a web browser and go to and log in with your

Click the dotted menu next to the item you would like to share.

Type the email address of the person you would like to give access and click send.

You may share with someone within the UNC organization with no extra steps.  If you are sharing documents with someone outside of UNC they will need to setup a free Microsoft account.  They will be prompted to do so when attempting to view your shared documents the first time.

If you have any questions that this guide does not cover please contact Biology IT Support here: