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.

Note: You can choose which folders to sync only if you are using the new OneDrive sync client. Not sure which sync client you're using?

  1. Open the Sync your OneDrive files to this PC dialog box using one of these methods:

    • In File Explorer, right-click a folder in OneDrive or OneDrive for Business, and select Choose OneDrive folders to sync.

      A screenshot of the right-click menu in File Explorer with 'Choose OneDrive folders to sync' selected.


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

      OneDrive SyncClient with blue cloud and white cloud icons

    • In the activity center, select More More button in OneDrive app for Android > Settings.

    • Click "OneDrive - Personal" or "OneDrive - <your organization>" in the notification area on your taskbar, select Settings, select the Account tab, and select Choose folders.

      A screenshot showing the right-click menu for OneDrive, with Settings selected.

      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. 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.

    A screenshot showing the 'Sync your OneDrive files to this PC' dialog box.


    • 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.

See Also

Sync files with the new OneDrive sync client in Windows

Fix OneDrive sync problems

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