Not using OneDrive? Want it to stop syncing your files?

I ask those questions, because many people aren’t using OneDrive (Microsoft’s cloud-storage device) on their new Windows 10 PC and some don’t want to. So, how do we get rid of something that is integrated into the Operating System? In this case you can’t but, you can disable it and move it from sight. Out of Sight, Out of Mind—right? 

For those who aren’t quite sure what OneDrive is and how it works. Let me give a little background information. OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that allows you to have access to your Documents, Spreadsheets, PowerPoints, pictures, and really anything you can fit into the amount of storage that is available to you. What is cloud-based? This means that no matter what computer you are on, you can login to your hotmail account (or account used when the account was setup on the PC) and have access to the contents of the OneDrive via a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc..). You can download, edit, save to and work from the same ‘file system’ you have on your home computer or laptop.

Now, back to the original reason we are here. We want to turn-off/disable OneDrive. Why? Security reasons, don’t need the accessibility, you pick the reason. To turn off OneDrive, you have to disable the automatic sync function. You can take it one step further and hide the program from view in the Windows File Explorer.  In the taskbar, right-click the OneDrive icon, click Settings from the pop-up menu. With the Drive Settings window open, you will have 4 tabs: in the Settings tab find the General area, un-check the checkboxes. Click the Auto-Save tab, for Documents and Pictures; click the drop-down menu and choose option This PC Only. Uncheck the checkboxes as well. To complete the process of stopping the syncing of files. Click the Account tab and then click Unlink OneDrive button.

Hiding the icon for OneDrive in the File Explorer is a little simpler than the latter. Open the File Explorer by clicking the icon in the taskbar. Right-click the OneDrive icon. In the pop-up menu choose Properties, locate the General tab, then the Attributes section and click the box next to Hidden. Click ok. To remove the icon from the notification area in the taskbar; all you need to do is right-click the icon and click Exit in the pop-up menu.


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