How to Copy Media on Your Windows 10 Laptop to Your OneDrive - dummies

How to Copy Media on Your Windows 10 Laptop to Your OneDrive

By Dan Gookin

Your Windows 10 computer works automatically with Microsoft’s cloud storage, known as OneDrive. Any files or media you copy to the OneDrive area on your laptop’s storage are immediately shared with other devices you own that can access the storage — including any device connected to the Internet.

To make media from your laptop available to another OneDrive gizmo, copy that media to your OneDrive folder. Suppose that you have an album of music on your laptop and you want to share that music with other devices. Follow these steps:

  1. Open a File Explorer window.

    Press the Win+E keyboard shortcut.

  2. From the left side of the window, choose your User Profile folder.

    The folder is given the name of your account on the laptop.

  3. Double-click to open the Music folder.

  4. Right-click the folder representing the album you want to share.

  5. Choose Cut.

    You’re moving this folder to the Music folder on OneDrive.

  6. Choose OneDrive from the left side of the window.

  7. Open the Music folder.

  8. Click the Home tab and choose the Paste command.

    The folder is moved to OneDrive cloud storage. Eventually, it will be synchronized with all other OneDrive devices.

Changing the album’s location doesn’t affect how it plays in either the Groove Music app or Windows Media Player program. The media is still available; only its storage location has changed.

These steps can be repeated for any media stored on your laptop. You can move photos from the Pictures folder in your User Profile area to the Pictures folder on OneDrive. Ditto for video. Just change the proper location in this section’s set of steps.