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.

Notes: 

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

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  1. Select the white or blue OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows taskbar notification area.

    OneDrive SyncClient with blue cloud and white cloud icons

    Note: You might need to select the Show hidden icons arrow The Show hidden icons button. next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon.

  2. Select OneDrive Help and Settings iconHelp & Settings > Settings.

    Screenshot of getting to OneDrive Settings

  3. Select the Account tab, and select Choose folders.

  4. 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.

    Dialog box for selecting sync folders

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

  1. Select the OneDrive cloud icon in the Mac taskbar notification area.

    OneDrive icon in Mac system tray

  2. Select OneDrive Help and Settings iconHelp & Settings > Preferences.

    Activity center in OneDrive for Mac

  3. Select the Account tab, and select Choose folders.

  4. In the Sync files from your OneDrive 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:).

Notes: 

  • 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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