How to Choose which OneDrive Folders to Sync

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to sync OneDrive folders when using Windows 10 computers.

OneDrive is a cloud service from Microsoft that helps you back up and sync your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders to OneDrive in the cloud securely.

Since not everything on your computer is important and critical, you should only automatically sync important files.

If you don’t want to sync all of your folders in OneDrive to your computer, you can specify which folders you’d like to sync.

You can only choose which folders to sync if you’re using OneDrive client on Windows. Since it comes pre-installed, simply search for OneDrive to launch and setup your account.

To get started with syncing your documents to OneDrive, follow the steps below:

Choose which folders to sync

On Windows computers, select the white or blue OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows taskbar notification area.

If you don’t see OneDrive icon as shown in the image above you might need to select the Show hidden icons arrow next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon.

When OneDrive app opes, select  Help & Settings > Settings.

Next, select the Account tab, and select Choose folders.

You cannot add non-OneDrive folders (such as C: and D:).

In the Sync your OneDrive files to this PC dialog box, uncheck any folders you don’t want to sync to your computer and select OK.

If you decide at a later date that you don’t want certain folders to sync to your computer, those folders will be removed from your computer.

The folders and their contents will still be available online.

Each sync settings is unique to each computer.

That should do it!


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