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Information Technology

Sync OneDrive to your Computer

This document will explain how to setup a local copy of your Trent University OneDrive account on your computer and keep it in sync with the web.

  • If you are using a Trent imaged computer with Windows 7, you already have the software. Skip to Step 1
  • Otherwise, please download the applicable OneDrive for Business application from the list below:
    • OneDrive for Business – Windows 7 32bit
    • OneDrive for Business – Windows 8

Setup Sync with Desktop:

  1. Go to trentu.ca/mytrent, login and select Outlook (email) in Services>IT Services
  2. Click the ‘Apps’ button Apps icon - blue background with 9 white rectangles in grid pattern at the top left in Outlook
  3. Click the settings button at the far top-left, then click OneDrive tile.

Office apps list presented in tiles with OneDrive tile highlighted with box around it.

  1. Click the ‘sync’ button pictured below
  2. On the window that pops up, select ‘Sync now’ :

Screen shot representing Steps 4 & 5

  1. You may be prompted with a warning, whatever the wording, allow it to launch/run etc.. Chrome’s looks like this :

Google Chrome warning message: Google Chrome needs to launch an external applicatoin to handle etcetera. Users are advised to accept or launch application using the buttons at the bottom of the message.

  1. This will start the sync process. Dialog boxes will walk you through such as the one below which indicates that the syncing has started.

Screen shot indicating status of sync process - per Step 7

Now that you’re syncing your OneDrive straight to a folder on your computer, it is much easier to work with.

You can access via the Start Menu  icon on the bottom left of your screen, then click on Computer, or click on the open file  icon in the bottom ribbon.

You’ll notice your OneDrive folder under Favorites list.

Favorites listing on Windows desktop after navigating from Start icon or Open File icon. Image has One Drive @Trent University bounded by a box.

This folder is now in sync with the OneDrive Web app. Anything you add/delete/change in one, will be reflected in the other.

Folder within Windows on your computer:

List of folders presented after clicking from OneDrive @Trent University under Favorites.

One Drive Web App version:

Image of web-based folder listing for synced files in the OneDrive Web app




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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:12