OneDrive: Client Sync for Mac


The OneDrive sync client is available to manage files using a desktop application. To use the desktop sync client, you must install it and sync your library. Once synced, your OneDrive library will appear as a folder on your computer from which you can view, upload, and share files. The following instructions show how to sync the OneDrive client to your Pace OneDrive library on a University-owned or personal Mac computer.

IMPORTANT!  Please note, sensitive information including personally-identifiable information (PII) should not be stored in any online (cloud) file hosting platform, including OneDrive for Business.

Note: OneDrive is available for download for personal and University owned machines as a stand alone from the App Store.  For those users who have Office 365, the OneDrive client is already included. If you want to obtain Office 365, please see details below:


Syncing the OneDrive Sync Client

  1. Verify if OneDrive is installed in your computer
    Applications Foider
    • Note: If not listed under Applications, please download OneDrive directly from the App Store.
  2. Open OneDrive
  3. Type your MyPace Portal email address and click Sign in
    Pace Email
  4. Type your MyPace Portal password and click Sign in
    MyPace Password
  5. Click Next
    Nest Button
  6. Choose the folders you want to sync to your computer and click Next
    Choose Folder
  7. Click Open my OneDrive - Pace University folder
    Open Folder
  8. See all files synced to your OneDrive - Pace University folder
    Mac Folder

OneDrive Files On-Demand

The Files On-Demand feature found on OneDrive provides access to all files without the need to download. Files available on the cloud will only be downloaded when opened. This helps free up storage space on your device.


  • Files On-Demand feature requires the latest version of Mac OS Mojave or newer OS
  • For personal devices, the newest OS can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. Pace employees with University machine must submit a a Help Desk Ticket to upgrade to Mojave.

Not Downloaded

  • A cloud icon indicates the online file/folder has not been downloaded to the computer. By opening it with internet connection, the file will download from the cloud to the Mac computer.
  • Note: The files/folders stored online do not take up space on your Mac computer unless if opened.

Saved Locally

  • The green check mark icon indicates the file was opened and downloaded to the Mac computer. The file is locally available for use and does not require internet access.
  • If the file needs to be switched back to be only available online, right click the file and select Free up space

Availble Offline

  • The green circle with the white check mark icon indicates the file is saved locally to the computer and is always available regardless if you are offline.
  • Note: Files/folders that are saved locally take up space on your Mac computer.

If you want to learn more about the Files On-Demand feature for OneDrive, please visit the following Microsoft article.


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