How To Open Onedrive On Gmail

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Accessing OneDrive through Gmail is a convenient method for managing and sharing cloud-stored files. As a regular user of both platforms, I have found this integration to greatly improve my workflow. In this article, I will walk you through the process of opening OneDrive on Gmail and offer some personal tips.

Step 1: Install the OneDrive for Gmail Chrome Extension

The first thing you’ll need to do is install the OneDrive for Gmail Chrome extension. This extension allows you to access your OneDrive files directly from your Gmail account, saving you the trouble of switching between tabs or applications.

To install the extension, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Chrome browser and go to the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Search for “OneDrive for Gmail” in the search bar.
  3. Click on the extension in the search results.
  4. Click the “Add to Chrome” button.
  5. Confirm the installation when prompted.

Once the extension is installed, you should see a new OneDrive icon in your Gmail sidebar.

Step 2: Connect your OneDrive account

Before you can start using OneDrive within Gmail, you need to connect your OneDrive account to the extension. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the OneDrive icon in your Gmail sidebar.
  2. A pop-up window will appear asking you to sign in to your Microsoft account.
  3. Enter your Microsoft account credentials and click “Sign In”.
  4. Authorize the extension to access your OneDrive files.

Once your account is connected, you should see your OneDrive files and folders listed in the OneDrive sidebar within Gmail.

Step 3: Access and share OneDrive files in Gmail

Now that you have OneDrive integrated into Gmail, you can easily access and share your files without leaving your email. Here are some ways you can utilize this integration:

  • Attach OneDrive files: When composing a new email, click on the OneDrive icon in the toolbar. You can then browse and select files from your OneDrive to attach to the email.
  • Share OneDrive links: Instead of attaching large files directly to your email, you can generate a OneDrive link and share it with your recipients. This way, you can save on email attachment size limits and ensure that everyone has access to the latest version of the file.
  • Preview OneDrive files: Clicking on a OneDrive file in an email will open a preview of the file within Gmail. You can view the file, scroll through its pages, and even make comments without having to download it.

Having OneDrive integrated into Gmail has made my file management and collaboration much more efficient. I no longer need to switch between multiple tabs or applications to access and share files, which saves me a lot of time and effort.


Opening OneDrive on Gmail is a game-changer for anyone who frequently uses both platforms. With the help of the OneDrive for Gmail Chrome extension, you can seamlessly access and share your OneDrive files without leaving your email. This integration has greatly enhanced my productivity, and I hope it does the same for you.