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OneDrive and Office Online


Microsoft Office Online and OneDrive are now available through your Office 365 account, providing you with online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, as well as 1 TB of cloud storage. The storage offered through OneDrive is in addition to your email storage of 50 GB.

OneDrive, Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online will appear as new tiles after you click on the app launcher (the square in the top left corner) in Outlook on the web, or at Click one of the app tiles to:

  • create and share Office documents (Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, or OneNote Online)
  • store, open, and share online files (OneDrive)

Once you’re signed in, the documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and notebooks you create in the Office Online programs are stored in your OneDrive. You can share your documents via link and work on them with other people. In the Office Online programs, you can work together at the same time and see each other’s changes immediately.

You can also open these online documents in the Office programs you have installed on your computer, and work on them while they’re stored in your OneDrive. Office Online runs in your web browser, so there’s nothing to download or install. 


For Windows users who have Office 2013, in order for your desktop Office apps to sync with Office Online and OneDrive, you will need to download a tool. Run the tool and then try using Office apps and OneDrive.
  • High Risk data — including Protected Health Information (PHI) — is not approved for use with Office Online and OneDrive. Only the School of Medicine Box service is approved for appropriate PHI storage and sharing.
  • OneDrive is not a replacement for Box or Google Drive; you will still have access to those services as well.
  • The sync client currently is not working for Mac.
  • Windows users have both "OneDrive" and "OneDrive for Business" in their list of apps, but they should always use "OneDrive for Business." This is the Stanford version of OneDrive that allows you to collaborate with your peers.


Last modified December 9, 2015