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Getting started with OneDrive

You can use OneDrive immediately if you wish, by logging into www.office.com with your UvA account and opening OneDrive. Below you will find instructions on how to use OneDrive.

  • 2. Starting to use OneDrive

    You can bring all your personal documents together on OneDrive. These files can come from various sources, such as your W: drive, SurfDrive, DropBox, GoogleDrive, iCloud and/or USB stick.

    Uploading files on OneDrive can be done through the explorer or through the browser.

    Please keep in mind the following:

    1. The total number of characters of the directory tree and the file name should not exceed 260 characters.
    2. The characters " * : < > ? / are not allowed in file and folder names in OneDrive.
    3. These names are not allowed for files or folders: .lock, CON, PRN, AUX, NUL, COM0 - COM9, LPT0 - LPT9, _vti_, desktop.ini, a file name that starts with ~$. You cannot create directories and files that start with ~.
    4. The maximum size of a file is 250 GB.
  • 3. Sharing and collaborating in documents

    Once your documents are in OneDrive, you can choose to share them with fellow students, lecturers and/or external parties. This way, you can have a document reviewed or work together in the same document (at the same time). Sharing a document prevents sending it back and forth by e-mail. By sharing, everyone always has access to the latest version and changes are processed immediately.

    Please find the manual on how to share a document here.