How to Add a File to SkyDrive in Windows 8

If you have configured Windows 8 during setup to use a Windows Hotmail or an Outlook.com email address, you have the ability to store files in the cloud via Microsoft’s SkyDrive, the equivalent of Apple’s iCloud. This storage is completely free. Let’s look at how to leverage SkyDrive in Windows 8.


1. Click the Start Screen on Windows 8 and select SkyDrive.

SkyDrive tile on Windows 8 Start menu

2. If you are not signed in, you will be prompted to go to PC Settings and sign in with a Microsoft account.

SkyDrive prompt window

3. Click the Go to PC settings button and select Connect to a Microsoft Account.

Connect to a Microsoft Account window

4. Enter your username and password, or select Create a new account if you don’t have one.

Microsoft account sign-in window

5. Click Next and enter your verification email address.

Selecting verification code

6. Click Next. If the verification matches, a code will be emailed. Enter the code and click Next.

Verification code entry box

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7. SkyDrive is now configured to back up your photos and documents.

8. Click Next and then Switch to have your account automatically use this email address.

SkyDrive confirmation window

9. Now, let’s circle back to the Start menu and click SkyDrive.

SkyDrive menu

10. Click or tap the SkyDrive folder where you want to store your file and right-click to Add files or create a New folder.

Adding files or folders to SkyDrive

11. Select the folder you want copied and then click Copy to SkyDrive. You can copy more files to SkyDrive or browse to SkyDrive.com to view your files from the Web.

When working with Microsoft Office, you can save all your files to SkyDrive instead of your local computer’s hard drive.

This is super convenient, as it allows you to access the files on any device that’s connected to the Internet. It’s especially great if something happens to your computer, because all your files are still safely stored in the cloud.

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