How to Upload Files from Your Surface to OneDrive - dummies

How to Upload Files from Your Surface to OneDrive

By Andy Rathbone

Uploading files from your Surface to OneDrive makes them accessible to any computer you use, as well as your smartphone. If you’re connected with the Internet, OneDrive provides an easy way of overcoming your Surface’s limited storage space.

To upload files from your Surface to OneDrive, follow these steps:

1From the Start screen, tap the OneDrive app.

The OneDrive app fills the screen showing all of your folders and files uploaded to your OneDrive account.

The OneDrive app shows your stored files’ names even if you’re not connected to the Internet. You can even view your photos. However, you can’t download or edit files without an Internet connection.

2Navigate to the OneDrive folder where you’d like to upload the files.

Tap any OneDrive folder (it looks like a tile), and OneDrive opens it to display the files and folders stored inside. To back out from a folder, tap the back arrow in the screen’s upper-left corner.

To create a new folder on OneDrive, fetch its menus by sliding your finger up from the screen’s bottom edge. Then tap the New Folder icon (shown in the margin), type a name for your new folder, and tap the Create button.

When you’re peering inside the OneDrive folder you’d like to stuff with files, move to the next step.

3To upload files from your Surface, fetch the OneDrive app’s menu bar and tap the Add Files icon.

To fetch the OneDrive app’s menu bar, slide your finger up from the screen’s bottom edge or down from the top. When the App bar appears, tap the Add Files icon.

The OneDrive’s File Picker appears showing your Surface’s available files and folders.

4Browse to the files you want to upload, select them with a tap, and then tap the Copy to OneDrive button.

You navigate through the File Picker just as you did through OneDrive: Tap a folder to see what’s inside; tap the Go Up link to back out and delve into a different folder.

When you’ve found the folder containing the files you want, select the ones you want to send into OneDrive: Select them all by tapping Select All along the window’s top. Or, cherry-pick the ones you want by tapping on them individually.

Finished? Tap the Copy to OneDrive button to send them to the OneDrive folder you picked in Step 2.

The OneDrive app grabs the files you’ve selected and copies them to your folder on OneDrive. Depending on the size and number of files, OneDrive can take from anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to copy the files.