Access to Files

Getting your Data from Homespace

OISE’s current file-storage and file-sharing system, Homespace, is soon to be phased out, in favour of the more robust and up-to-date solutions offered in Office 365.

As of June 15, Homespace is read-only, meaning that exisiting files can be opened or downloaded, but not edited, renamed, or deleted, and no new files can be created or uploaded. As of September 8, files on Homespace will become altogether inaccessible.

Please follow the instructions below to retrieve your personal files from Homespace and move them to OneDrive.

Please note that the former method for accessing your Homespace files through a web browser,, is no longer available.

Manage your Homespace Files Through the Cyberduck Application

Cyberduck is a free application you can install on your computer and use to connect to Homespace. It provides good transfer speed and ease of use, especially if you are downloading a large amount of data. To find out how to set up Cyberduck:

MAC users

Using Cyberduck on the Mac for Homespace Remote Access

PC users

Using Cyberduck on the Mac for Homespace Remote Access

Cyberduck users can drag and drop files or folders to their own machines.

Getting your Data to OneDrive

Uploading via the OneDrive Website

N.B., the Education Commons recommends the Google Chrome web browser for use with OneDrive.

Navigate to When prompted, enter your University of Toronto email address.

You will next be prompted to enter your UTORid and password.

After logging in, you will be at the Office 365 portal. Select OneDrive to launch the OneDrive web app.

the OneDrive web app

In this app, you may upload your files, either by using the upload button or by dragging files into OneDrive.

Using the Upload Button in OneDrive

Select the Upload menu option. Use the Files option to upload one particular file, or the Folder option to upload a folder of items.

the menu of options for uploading your files to OneDrive

Uploading Directly from Your Computer with the OneDrive Desktop App

If you are using Microsoft Office 2016 or 2019, you can use the OneDrive desktop app to move files to OneDrive, dragging and dropping like you would with any folder on your computer.

the screen seen by first-time users of the OneDrive app

Follow these instructions to get started with the OneDrive app.

  1. Open the OneDrive app on your list of applications.
  2. Sign in using your utoronto email address.
  3. Enter your UTORid and password and click next until you reach the last page.
  4. Drag-and_drop or copy-and-paste content into your One Drive folder.

dragging and dropping with the OneDrive app

If you need support configuring OneDrive for your device, please email a support ticket to Please include your contact information including a phone number and your device’s asset ID if applicable.

OISE Laptops

In File Explorer and the Mac Finder, OneDrive will typically appear in the navigation pane on the left side of the window. Look for the folder that reads OneDrive – University of Toronto. On MacOS, it will appear in the favourites list, and in Windows, it will appear in the Quick Access list.

Once your data is on OneDrive, you’ll be able to access your data from any Internet-connected device and edit your office documents from within your web browser.