With the ability to easily add and view thousands of files across multiple devices, cloud storage is a must-have these days. Microsoft's OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is among the most popular services around, due to in part to its excellent integration with Office apps such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

However, it can be frustrating to have to navigate to the website on your PC or laptop each time, particularly when your locally stored files are in a completely different place. It doesn't have to be that way though - here's how to add OneDrive to File Explorer in Windows and Finder on macOS. 

How to add OneDrive to File Explorer

OneDrive usually comes pre-installed on Windows 10 PCs, but if it's not on your device for any reason you can download it from the Microsoft website. Click the download file to install it, and after a few seconds, you should see it appear in File Explorer.

OneDrive File Explorer left pane

If you're already signed in to your Microsoft account on the device, clicking 'OneDrive' will display all those in your cloud storage account. If not, you'll be prompted to sign in when clicking on it for the first time. 

The key difference you'll notice between this and locally-stored files is the 'Status' indicator. A cloud icon indicates it's stored in the cloud and will only be downloaded for offline use when you move or open it. At that point, the status indicator will change to a green tick. A smaller icon next to either of these indicates the file has been shared with someone, and any changes you make will also appear for them. 

Windows 10 OneDrive status

You are free to move files around as you please, although any changes you make will be applied across all your devices. If you're offline at the time, they'll be made the next time you have an active internet connection.

How to add OneDrive to Finder

Although Microsoft and Apple don't always play nicely, it's relatively easy to add OneDrive to Finder. 

  1. Download OneDrive for Mac from the Microsoft website, or install it from the Mac App Store
  2. Install the download file like you would any third-party software. You'll probably have to enter your password to do this
  3. Head to your list of applications and open the OneDrive 'app'
  4. You'll be prompted to sign in to your account, if you haven't already
  5. You should now see a OneDrive icon in the menu bar at the top, and a new OneDrive tab in Finder
    OneDrive on Mac

The same options as Windows are here, with indicators if files are only stored locally, in the cloud or in the process of being synced (clockwise arrows).

See how OneDrive stacks up to the competition in our guide to the best cloud storage services