How to work with OneDrive files from your hard drive: Mac


One of the features available from Microsoft is the OneDrive Sync Application. This tool allows you to use your files straight from Finder without having to interact with the Office 365 website. You will no longer need to use MyWorkDrive to access your files as you did with G: and H: drives.

Note: OneDrive sync client will no longer update or be supported on macOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS High Sierra 10.13

Mac OS

  1. From Finder, go to your Applications menu and locate OneDrive. Double click on the OneDrive icon.
  2. The "Set up OneDrive" screen will appear. Enter your Loyola email address in the box and click “Sign in”.
  3. You may receive a second "Set up OneDrive" screen. If you do, select the “work or school” button.
  4. You will be taken to the green Loyola single sign-on page. Log in with your Loyola credentials.
  5. The next screen shows you the location of your OneDrive folder. You can leave it as the default and click “Next”.
  6. On this next screen, you can click the button to open your OneDrive. This will give you the opportunity to choose which files/folders you would like to sync to your computer’s hard drive.
  7. We recommend that you uncheck any folders that may contain large files, as these may use hard drive space on your computer. Just uncheck the box next to a file or folder to exclude it from syncing.
  8. Once OneDrive has completed the first sync, you will see your OneDrive as a new location in Finder. You can also click the cloud icon at the top of your screen to open OneDrive as well.

Checking Versions from Office Applications

Any file stored in OneDrive has an attached version history. You can check the version history from the online interface, but you can also check the history from the file itself stored in Finder if you are utilizing the OneDrive Sync Application (detailed above).

  1. Navigate to and open the file you wish to review as you would any file from your computer.
  2. Click on the File menu and select Browse Version History.
  3. A new panel will open to the right side of your document with the version history details. Click on Open Version to open the file.
  4. When the file opens, you will be prompted to determine if you want to Compare or Restore. If you compare, the files will open side by side and process any differences between the files. Restoring will open up that version in a file, and you can save or work in the file as needed.

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