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Office 365 (OneDrive for Business) - Setting up the OneDrive sync client for Mac on personal computers

The OneDrive sync client is available for those who prefer managing their files using a desktop application over a web browser. To use the desktop sync client, you must install it and sync your library. Once synced, your OneDrive for Business library will appear as a folder on your computer from which you can view, upload, and share.



The following instructions demonstrate how to install the OneDrive sync client and sync your UWM OneDrive for Business library on a personally owned, Mac computer. Never install the OneDrive sync client and/or sync your library on a public computer. Doing so could jeopardize your account and files. If you must use a public computer to access OneDrive for Business, use the web-based interface and remember to log out when you're done.

For information regarding the OneDrive sync client on University-owned Mac computers, please see our knowledge base article. Additional questions about the OneDrive sync client for personal computers or University-owned computers should be directed to the UWM Help Desk at 414-229-4040 or submit a request via the Get Tech Help web portal.

How to proceed if you are currently syncing a personal Microsoft OneDrive account

If you're already syncing a personal Microsoft OneDrive account on your computer (for example,, you will need to proceed with the steps in the installing the OneDrive sync client section, since you may be using an outdated version of the sync client which lacks support for syncing OneDrive for Business accounts.

Installing the OneDrive sync client

1. Go to UWM OneDrive for Business website and log in with your ePanther ID and password.

2. In the lower right-hand corner of the screen, click the Get the OneDrive apps link.

3. The OneDrive for Mac OS X website will load. Click the Download on the Mac App Store button.

4. The App Store will load and it will show the "OneDrive" app. Click the Get button.

5. Click the Install App button.

6. The OneDrive app will install (you may be prompted to enter your Apple ID / iTunes account credentials. If you do not have an iTunes account, you will need to create one in order to download the OneDrive app). Once the app is installed, open Launcher and click the OneDrive app icon.

Syncing Your OneDrive for Business Library for the first time

You'll want set up OneDrive so that you can connect to your UWM Office 365 account.

1. Open the Microsoft OneDrive sync client by hitting command+Space to launch the Spotlight search bar. Type "OneDrive" in the Spotlight bar. Click on the OneDrive app

2. Once the OneDrive app launches, in the "Set up OneDrive" window that appears, enter your UWM email address and click the "Sign in" button.

Enter your UWM email address and password in the text boxes and then click the Sign in button.

4. The "This Is Your OneDrive Folder" screen will appear. Click the Choose OneDrive Folder Location to set the sync folder location on your local computer.

5. The "Choose a location for your OneDrive folder" window will appear. You can simply click the Choose this location button to select the default location, or change the location, and/or make a new folder.

6. The "This Is Your OneDrive Folder" window will appear. Click the Next button.

7. In the "Sync files from your OneDrive" screen that appears, you can choose to select the All files and folders on my OneDrive radio button to sync the entire contents of your OneDrive for Business library, or choose individual folders by selecting Choose folders to sync folders. Once you have made your selection(s), click the Next button.

8. The "Your OneDrive is ready for you" screen will appear and you can click the Open my OneDrive - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee folder button to show your OneDrive sync folder on your computer. Additionally, check the Open at login so my files sync automatically check box to ensure the sync client opens when you login to your computer.

Depending on the number and size of files and folders you chose to sync, the initial sync process may take some time. This will also depend on the speed of your internet connection.

Show OneDrive in Favorites

1. From your desktop, go to Go and select Home.

2. Drag the "OneDrive" folder to your favorites bar, then release the mouse. It should now show up in Favorites.

Enable the OneDrive Extension

1. Go to System Preferences by pressing Command + Space to launch a Spotlight search, then type "System Preferences" and press enter. Once open, select Extensions.

2. In "Extensions" select All third-party extensions and check the Finder check box under OneDrive.


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Owner:Help Desk K.Group:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created:2016-01-11 12:49 CDTUpdated:2019-06-26 15:58 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
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