Something I have found frustrating is the default setting where your files, such as documents and pictures, are saved. You basically have two choices: you can save files to your computer or to your OneDrive.
In the past, this setting would change when Windows Updates were installed and at other times. This was very annoying for those of us who wanted our files to be saved by default to our computer. In Windows 10, it is easy to set this up, and the settings seem to stay this way regardless of the updates our computer receives.
To set this option to your preference, click the Start button in the lower-left corner and then click the Settings icon in the menu just above the Start button. It looks like a sprocket or gear, or you can rest your cursor on the icons to see what they are. Next, click “System” and then you will click “Storage” in the menu to the left.
In the center, you’ll see “Save locations” and several drop-down boxes. If you click in each one of these, you can select either “This PC” or “OneDrive” as your default save location. If yours doesn’t give you the OneDrive option, you do not have it enabled or installed. Go to the Windows Store and at the top-right in the search bar, type in “OneDrive” and when it appears in the menu, click it. This is a free app that you can install and once you do, it will give you the opportunity to save and store your files in OneDrive.
OneDrive is the Microsoft Cloud, just like iCloud is Apple’s cloud. When you save your files in these clouds, they are stored on Microsoft’s and Apple’s servers respectively. This can be very helpful if you use different computers in different locations, because you can have access to your files anywhere there is an Internet connection.
There is a requirement though. You must have a Microsoft email account in order to use OneDrive. In fact, if you open your Microsoft webmail and click the 9-square icon at the top-left, you’ll see the OneDrive icon where you can gain access to your files that are saved there.
Now, if you want to automatically save your files to your OneDrive and you want to sync them across your Windows devices, you must go to: “Settings,” “Accounts,” and “Sync your settings” on the left. First, enable “Sync settings” at the top and then you can make your choices as to what you want synced. Again, in order to use syncing, you must be using a Microsoft email account when you log into your computer.
If you are not using a Microsoft email account, go to “Settings,” “Accounts” and then “Your info” to the left. Click the link: “Sign in with a Microsoft account” and follow the instructions to set up your computer using your Microsoft email.
For those of you who don’t have a Microsoft email account, I recommend you sign up for one. There is no cost and you can do this at Outlook.com. Just follow the instructions and then you can use your new Microsoft email to log into your computer, set up your OneDrive and make your choices where you want to save your files.
For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.