This service provides secure cloud-based file storage and sharing via Microsoft’s OneDrive for work or school (formerly OneDrive for Business). This is a secure environment where your intellectual property and personal data are protected.
OneDrive allows you to:
This service eliminates personal file storage on McGill's central servers. Think of it as your personal drive in the cloud.
For definitions of the various types of institutional (enterprise & research) data and guidance on which types can/cannot be stored in OneDrive, see the list of cloud services that have been approved/rejected for McGill use (sign in to view the page)
This service is available to active students, faculty, and staff, except casual staff.
Microsoft 365 web interface:
Log into the Microsoft 365 site using your McGill Username and Password at: https://office.com.
When you enter your McGill Username, you will be redirected to McGill's authentication server to sign in.
You must log in through the Microsoft 365 web interface at least once before accessing OneDrive from a mobile device.
Once in the Microsoft 365 portal, click OneDrive to access your cloud storage space.
The OneDrive for work or school sync application allows you to view and work with files locally and synchronize changes to the web. To install the OneDrive for work or school sync app on your desktop or laptop, or to install the OneDrive for work or school mobile app, visit the Microsoft website.
Using the web interface, you can drag and drop files from your computer directly into the OneDrive space. For example, if you have Office 2016 or the local version of Microsoft 365 installed, you can open and save files directly from the applications to your McGill OneDrive. See the Training & documentation section below for links to self-serve documentation.
There is no cost associated with this service.
The service is available 24 X 7, except during planned maintenance or outages. Check the IT Support home page for announcements regarding service interruptions.
Are there any limitations on my usage of OneDrive for work or school?
Your usage must be in accordance with the Policy on the Responsible Use of McGill IT Resources and the Cloud Directive.
I’m a staff member. Can I use OneDrive to share permanent work files that I share with my team?
Do not use OneDrive to store permanent work files that you share with your department. If you leave McGill, those files will be deleted. Instead, use SharePoint as a central repository for all your team’s permanent work files.
See all FAQs for OneDrive
When using OneDrive on the web, click the ellipsis next to a filename for options.
For access/authentication issues and basic assistance using OneDrive for work or school, contact the IT Service Desk.