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Choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer

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 choose which folders to sync only if you are using the new OneDrive sync client. Which OneDrive app?

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  • Your Personal Vault cannot be stopped from syncing.

  • Folders that are backed up with OneDrive must be managed in the Backup menu.

  1. Open OneDrive settings (select the OneDrive cloud icon in your notification area, and then select the OneDrive Help and Settings icon then Settings.)

  2. Go to the Account tab.

  3. Select Choose folders.

In the Choose folders dialog box, uncheck any folders you don't want to sync to your computer and select OK.

Dialog box for selecting sync folders

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

  1. Click the OneDrive cloud icon up in your Menu bar, click to open the menu, and select Preferences.

  2. Go to the Account tab.

  3. Select Choose Folders.

In the Choose Folders dialog box, uncheck any folders you don't want to sync to your computer and select OK.

Sync Folders dialog box for OneDrive for Mac

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


  • If you uncheck a folder you are syncing to your computer, the folder will be removed from your computer. The folder and its contents will still be available online.

  • The sync settings you choose are unique to each computer unless you're syncing everything everywhere. Also, if you're choosing folders on two computers and you create a new folder on computer A that you want to sync to computer B, you'll need to go to computer B and select the new folder there.

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