Choose specific folders to sync with OneDrive


Every time you run the OneDrive Client on your device, a laptop in my case, all your files from the cloud are downloaded to your device locally. That is cool because you can still work on your files even when you’re offline.

SkyDrive Local Folders

The thing is I don’t need all the files I have on my OneDrive downloaded locally. I have files on OneDrive that I don’t really need on my laptop. Storage is cheap, yes, but that’s beside the point.

You can set your OneDrive Client to only download/sync specific folders. Here’s how (I’m using Windows 8 10 Pro here):

Pull up the hidden icons in the task bar. If you don’t see the Cloud icon, make sure your OneDrive Client is running. I set mine to run automatically when I sign in to Windows.

SkyDrive icon in the Windows 8 Taskbar

Right-Click on the Cloud icon to pull up a context menu for your OneDrive. Aside from getting access to the setting, you can also launch storage management from this menu.

Change SkyDrive Setting on Windows 8

Once you click “Settings”, the OneDrive Properties Dialog Box pops up. Go to the “Choose Folders” tab and click the “Choose folders” button.

Choose Folders To Sync With SkyDrive

Now you’re given the option to choose specific folders to sync with OneDrive.

Specific folder sync with SkyDrive

If you’ve previously synced everything between your OneDrive and your device, all other folders not chosen to sync with OneDrive will be removed from your device.

How To Sync Folders with SkyDrive

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Author: Marlon Ribunal

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