How to Map OneDrive as a Network Drive to See All Your Files

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In Windows 10, you can select which folders get synced between OneDrive online and the OneDrive folder on your hard drive, but File Explorer won't show you the data that's stored only on the OneDrive cloud storage space. There's a workaround, however, that lets you see and access all of the files you have in OneDrive: Map it as a network drive.

Mapping OneDrive in Windows 10 will make it work similarly to the way OneDrive works in Windows 8.1. You'll see the full list of folders and files available, even the ones not stored locally on your computer. Once you map OneDrive, you can double-click a file that's stored online only to download it to your machine.

1. Log into

2. Copy the CID number from the address bar. These are the digits and letters after the "cid=" part of the URL. Don't include any other characters that separate the CID, such as % or &.

onedrive cid

3. In Windows Explorer, go to This PC.

onedrive thispc4. Click on the Computer tab then "Map network drive".

onedrive mapdrive

5. In the Folder field, enter followed by the CID you copied in step 1.

onedrive mapdrive folder6. Check the "Connect using different credentials" box.

7. Click Finish and enter your OneDrive login.

onedrive credentials

That's it. You should now see all of your OneDrive folders and files under This PC in Windows Explorer--whether or not they are stored locally on your computer. You can copy, rename, and open files from this mapped drive. And, by the way, you can right-click on the drive name, which will likely be named with your OneDrive CID, and rename it to something more meaningful.

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  • Admin72 Says:

    There's a much simpler way to do this. A commercial product called Webdrive can easily map a drive letter, and the drive letter can stay persistent. It supports other cloud services too, like Amazon, Drop Box, and Google. has a free trial

  • Phil - whose name is shorter than 5 characters (silly restriction) Says:

    Doesn't seem to work with O365. The URL doesn't provide a CID#.

  • Gilberto Says:

    Tracy John Ross you must change to onedrive classic view to see URL with CID

  • Willemijn Says:

    Thanks so much for this article, you helped me a lot. Good job!

  • Alex Naeve Says:

    Worked perfectly! Thanks so much!

  • Tracy John Ross Says:

    When I log into I don't get a URL anything like the one you show. It is a sharepoint address with no CID. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  • Ian+extra_characters Says:

    Works perfectly for me (Windows 7).

  • it was working since WIN10 it seems Says:

    it was working since WIN10 it seems. I was using two months ago, but now it does not work.

  • Johnny Says:

    Yup... not working.
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  • Isaac S Says:

    I did everything it told me to do, and i get an error saying "Access is Denied".

  • Byrone Says:

    Had this set up a while ago. Used to be a staple of the OS then they started going the DropBox route and having the entire drive Sync to the hard drive, which was stupid. this fixes that!

  • Vlad (My name is shorter then 5 characters =/... what about Li?) Says:

    Thanks! Useful! -- Why should I type 30 chars? you don't want people to say thanks?

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