All KU Faculty and Staff are provided with a personal OneDrive for Business storage of 1TB. In addition to storage, you can edit documents online using Office 365. SharePoint is integrated with KU's address book, so you can share documents with others using an email notification. You can also share files with contacts external to KU, and external contacts can edit online using the Microsoft Web Apps if given editing privileges.

Access Your OneDrive 

There are three ways to access OneDrive: 

1. Microsoft 365 landing page

  1. Sign in to OneDrive at the Microsoft 365 Landing page.
  2. Select the OneDrive icon in the app bar at the left edge of your screen. 

2. Icon from Your Taskbar

  1. Select the OneDrive icon in the bottom-right of your task bar on your PC or top-right of your menu bar on the Mac.
  2. Select View Online from the bottom of the panel.

3. Go to and sign-in

Limits and Restrictions

There are some file type restrictions as well as storage and syncing size limits. Microsoft is continually updating these limits, so to find the most up-to-date information, go to Microsoft's support page

Compare OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams

Some of Microsoft's apps have same or similar features and it can be challenging to know which app to use when. Check out our video to help explain the similaries and differences. 

Request Files

The Request files feature is currently available in OneDrive for Business, but is not available in SharePoint. With this feature, you can select a folder where others can upload files using a link that you send them. The users that you request files from do not need to have a OneDrive account to upload files, and they cannot see what's in the folder - they can only upload files to it. 

Request Files from Others

  • Open your OneDrive for Business.
  • Hover over the folder you want to add files to and select the far-left circle to select. 
  • Select Request files from the top menu. 
    View ScreenshotSelect Request files in the top menu
  • Enter a descriptive name of the files you're collecting.
  • Select Next.
  • You can choose Copy link and send it via email to the people you need files from or enter their email addresses to send via OneDrive. 
  • Select Done.

Recipients will select a button to upload the file(s). If the recipient isn't signed in to Microsoft, they will need to add their first and last name as a way to identify the uploaded files. If they are signed in, the identity is recorded as part of the upload. 

Stop Requesting Files

Once you've received the files you need, you can delete the link. 

Create Files

Upload Files

Share Files

Sync Folders

Shortcuts from SharePoint

Create Shortcuts

You can create shortcuts to folders people have shared with you as well as folders in your SharePoint sites to access them all in one place in your OneDrive. 

OneDrive Shared Folders

To create a shortcut to folders people have shared with you in OneDrive:

  1. Select the Shared link in the left panel.
  2. Hover over the desired folder, then select the circle to the left of the folder name. This will change the menu at the top.
  3. Select Add Shortcut to My files.
    View ScreenshotSelect Add Shortcut to My files in the top menu or hover over file and select icon

Note, when you hover over a folder, this will show additional icons to the right of the file name, including the shortcut icon. You can select the icon from here to create the shortcut or from the top menu. 

Shortcut from SharePoint Folders

Use the instructions above, but start from your SharePoint document library and select the shortcut icon. 

Remove Shortcuts

From your OneDrive, folders with shortcuts added have a blue link icon in the corner of the folder. If you wish to remove the shortcut, hover over the folder and select the shortcut icon to the right of the folder name.
View ScreenshotTo remove shortcut from OneDrive, hover over file and select the shortcut icon

Microsoft 365 Updates and Tips


Technical Support:  |  785-864-8080

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Files can be created directly from OneDrive for Business, SharePoint document libraries, and from the Teams files tab. 

Create Online Files

Word, Excel, PowerPoint

In Teams:

  1. Open the files tab in the channel where you want the document to be accessed.
  2. Select +New button and select file type you want to create.
    View ScreenshotSelect New, then select the file you want to create.
  3. Provide a name for your document.
  4. Select the Create button at bottom-right.

In SharePoint:

  1. Navigate to the document library where you want the file stored. 
  2. Select +New button and select file type you want to create.
    View ScreenshotSelect New, then select the file you want to create.
  3. Click the word Document at the top-left in the blue bar. 
  4. Provide a name for your document. 
  5. Online files save automatically. Be sure to wait until the document has completed saving before closing out. 
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In OneDrive for Business:

  1. Select the Add new button at top-left of interface.
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  2. Select file type you want to create.
  3. Click the word Document at the top-left in the blue bar. 
  4. Provide a name for your document. 
  5. Be sure you see the Saved icon showing before closing.
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When you open files in the cloud, these online versions offer many, but not all of the editing tools that come with the desktop versions installed on your computer. The examples below are for a Word document, but is the same for all files (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Files Online

  1. Locate the file from OneDrive, SharePoint document library or Teams files tab and select the name of the file to open.
  2. All changes are saved automatically as you work.

With Word Online, multiple people can make changes simultaneously. You will see changes in real-time as long as everyone is using Word Online.
View ScreenshotView who is editing from the tools ribbon.

Open Desktop App, Full Version 

  • While viewing the file Online in OneDrive and SharePoint, select the Editing button located under the search field at the top of your page, then select Open in Desktop App.
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  • While in Teams Files tab, select the circle to the left of the file name > from the top menu, select Open > Open in app.
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  • Changes can be saved manually or you may select AutoSave at the top-left area of your document. Select the button next to AutoSave to toggle On or Off.
Select Open in Desktop app from the menu above the tools.


The Accessible KU website provides instructions on how to create accessible files, videos, websites, etc. More information can be found at Accessible KU's Content Accessibility pages.

Documents in your OneDrive for Business, SharePoint document library, and Files in a Teams channel can be shared with both internal and external contacts to KU. If you are sharing a document in Teams, you can do that by accessing the file through the related SharePoint site. When sharing, you can apply editing and download preferences.

Video: File Sharing

Share a File or Folder

  1. Open OneDrive for Business, your SharePoint Document library or Files in a Teams channel in your browser of choice.
  2. Hover your mouse over a file and select the Share icon to the right of the file name. 
    View ScreenshotShare icons at top menu and to the right of the file name.
  • By default, only People at KU will be able to view the link. Click on the gear icon to change this default.
  • Select the down arrow next to the eye icon to manage view / read only permissions. You can also do this from the Sharing Settings panel after selecting the gear icon.
  • Any personal message you type in the optional box will be included with the email the contact receives.
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  • To apply editing and download preferences and to share documents securely, go to the Sharing permissions information below.

Sharing Permissions Options

The gear icon will take you to the Sharing Permissions screen. Your need for flexibility or security will help you determine which sharing option to choose. 

  • Anyone with a link gives access to anyone who receives this link, whether they receive it directly from you or forwarded from someone else. This may include people outside of KU. Only available on OneDrive by default, but it can be added to SharePoint by request.
  • People in the University of Kansas means anyone at KU who receives the link can open the file whether you send it or it was shared by others.
  • People with existing access can be opened by people who already have access to the document or folder.
  • People you choose gives access only to the people you specify. This option allows you to share with internal and external to KU. Even if people forward the sharing invitation, only the people you sent the file to will be able to open it.
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Secure Sharing

People you choose is the most secure option when sending sensitive information.
  1. Hover your mouse over the file or folder you want to share and select the Share icon. 
  2. By default, only People at KU will be able to view the link. Click on the gear icon to change this default.
  3. Select People you choose.
  4. Select optional settings to allow editing and block download, as needed
  5. Select Apply.
  6. Type in names or emails of people you want to receive the file and optionally add information to the additional message section.
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  7. Select Send.

Security Facts Using People You Choose Option

  • Only recipients can open the file.
  • If the file is forwarded, the new recipient will not be able to open the file.
  • If you allow editing, the edits will also be saved in the cloud as they are made.
  • It is possible for people to take a screenshot and share it.

Additional Notes

  • To view the file/folder, recipients can either sign-in to their Microsoft accounts, or if they don’t have a Microsoft account, they can generate a passcode from Microsoft that will be sent to their email.
  • Remind recipients that it is possible that the file or passcode links could be sent to their spam folders.
  • When files/folders are shared in this way, recipients will only see this content from the SharePoint Site. They will not see any other content on the site or the site’s navigation.
  • You can only share one file or one folder at a time.

Stop Sharing

  1. Hover over the File you want to stop sharing and select More options [...] to the right of the file.
  2. Select Manage Access from the panel of options. 
    View ScreenshotSelect 3 dots to the right of file name, select Manage access from panel.
  3. To stop sharing with everyone, select Stop Sharing at the top of the panel. 

If you shared using People you choose, you can stop sharing with all using the steps above or stop sharing with individuals using steps below:

  1. To remove links for individual, select Links from the tabs above the URL. 
  2. Select the drop-down arrow next to a people icons below the URL.
  3. Select the X to the right of the person's name to remove access
    View ScreenshotTo stop sharing, click Stop sharing link at top or the X next to the name of individuals.

Sync Folders to Your Local Computer

Folders in your OneDrive for Business, SharePoint libraries, and Teams files can be synced to your hard drive and managed like your regular document storage.

  1. Select Sync from the top menu of your SharePoint document library or Teams files tab. *OneDrive should sync automatically. If not, see instructions below.
  2. Select Open Microsoft OneDrive
  3. Go to File Explorer on your PC or Finder on a Mac to view and access your files. 

When you sync your files from OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams, they will be listed as OneDrive - University of Kansas and The University of Kansas respectively.
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If OneDrive does not sync to your local computer automatically: 

OneDrive and SharePoint files listed in File Explorer or Finder.

Status Icons

Status Icons located next to the right of your files under the status column in your File Explorer on PC or Finder on a Mac tell you the sync state of the file or folder. The cloud indicates files that can be accessed while connected to the internet. The green circle with a white checkmark indicates a file that has been saved to your local computer. 
View ScreenshotOneDrive and SharePoint files listed in File Explorer or Finder.

Learn more on Microsoft's OneDrive icons site. 

If you need to work on a file without internet access, right-click the file and select Always keep on this device. Once you are connected to the internet, the file will automatically sync back to the cloud. To free up space on your computer, right-click the file and select Free up space
View ScreenshotRight click file, then select options from panel.

Manage Your Synced Folders

To manage which folders are being synced:

  1. Selectthe OneDrive icon (blue icon located at the bottom-right of your toolbar on the PC or gray icon located at the top-right tool bar on a Mac). 
  2. Select More, then Settings.
  3. From the Account tab, select Choose folders or Stop Sync. 
    View ScreenshotFrom Account tab at the top, select Choose folders.
  4. From here, you can select and deselect the folders want to sync or stop syncing.

There are a few different ways to upload documents to your OneDrive for Business, SharePoint documents library, and Teams. 


  • Drag and drop a file from your computer into the Files interface or in a comment in Posts. 
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  • Select Upload from the top menu > Files or Folder > choose the file or folder you want to upload > Open
  • Use the Attach Files icon (paper clip) in the Post options. The files can be accessed in Posts as well as Files once loaded.
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  • Drag and drop a file from your computer into the Files interface. 
    View ScreenshotDrag files onto the interface.
  • Select Upload from the top menu > Files or Folder > choose the file or folder you want to upload > Open


  • Drag and drop a file from your computer into the Files interface.
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  • Select the Add new button from the top-left of interface and select Upload files or folders.
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After you sync, you can drag and drop files from your computer into your File Explorer on a PC or Finder on a Mac, which will sync to the cloud. 

Updates and new features for Microsoft 365 apps, including Teams, can be found in our public team, KU Teams User Group. A channel in this team is dedicated to Microsoft 365 apps. In addition to updates, members are invited to ask questions and share information.

If you need assistance joining the team, reach out to us at and we will add you to this team.