It’s something that’s happened to all of us at some point in time. You lose a document you’ve been working on and simply stare at the screen in disbelief. This doesn’t have to happen more than once if you save your documents to the cloud, OneDrive, for example.
There are two ways you can save your Word documents to OneDrive. You can manually save them to the cloud, or you can use autosave. The last choice is easier, but the method you go with is up to you.
How to Save All Your Microsoft Word Files to OneDrive
If you don’t want to go through the headache of losing an important document is best that you save it as soon as possible. If you want to see how you can save your files manually, first, you’ll need to have the file open. Click on File at the top left, followed by the Save as option.
Click on the OneDrive option to your left. Choose which folder you want to save your file to, and don’t forget to name your file. If you think it’s time to create a new folder, you’ll also see the option to create a new one. Don’t forget to click on the Save button, very important.
Right after saving your Word file, the AutoSave feature will be enabled. From then on, everything you add will be saved automatically. You can also toggle on AutoSave from the very beginning.
Once you click on this option, you’ll see the following image.
Simply click on the OneDrive option, and you won’t have to worry about losing your Word files.
Automatically Create a Back up of Your Word File to OneDrive
To create an automatic backup of your Word files to OneDrive, first, you’ll need to click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar. If you don’t see it, click on the arrow that points up to view more icons. If you still don’t see it, then you might need to download it from Microsoft’s official page.
The OneDrive icon looks like a cloud. Click on it, and when the window appears, click on the Help and Settings option at the bottom right.
When the new window, choose the Settings option. On the next window you’re going to see a series of tabs. Click on the Backup tab, click on the Manage Backup button. It’s under the Important PC Folders section, the first one on the top.
In the next window, you’ll see the different types of files you can backup. Simply click on the ones you want to back up. Once you’re done, click on the blue Start backup button.
If you want to check how the sync progress is going, click on the OneDrive cloud. If everything is OK, you’ll see a message letting you know everything is OK. Near the file, you’ll also see the time that specific file was uploaded.
You can also look at the files that have been backed up by accessing your file explorer. It’ll say OneDrive Personal, and all the files that have been successfully uploaded will have a green checkmark next to them.
How to Erase Files from OneDrive
You uploaded your files, but you noticed that there was some file you didn’t want to upload. Not to worry, since you can easily erase them from OneDrive. When you’ve signed into OneDrive, when you place the cursor over a folder, you’ll notice how a white circle will appear on each folder at the top right. Click on it if you want to erase the entire folder.
To erase a file within the folder, click on the folder, and the same thing will happen with the files. The circle will appear. Click on the file you want to erase and then click on the Delete option at the top. You can also erase a file or folder by clicking on the OneDrive cloud icon on your taskbar and clicking on Open Folder. The File Explorer will open; simply right-click on whatever you want to erase and choose the delete option.
Erasing a folder or a file on your Android device is also easy. Open the OneDrive app and tap on the File tab at the bottom. To the side of your folder, you’ll see three dots. Tap on the dots and choose the Delete option.
To erase a file inside a folder, simply tap on the folder to open it and file the file you want to erase. Long-press on it to select it and then tap on the trash icon at the top.
OneDrive is a beneficial service since it prevents you from losing your important files permanently. The users also need to ensure that everything is working correctly and that the files are being uploaded correctly. Do you have a lot of files to backup? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.