Sync your Documents folder with OneDrive

Want to automatically sync your Documents folder with OneDrive or OneDrive for Business? Here’s how.

Tip: You can also sync other known folders—such as Desktop, Pictures, and Music—with OneDrive or OneDrive for Business.

Before you begin

Before you sync the Documents folder on your computer with OneDrive, make sure that there’s a Documents folder in your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business folder:

  1. On your taskbar, select File Explorer The File Explorer icon. .

    You can also open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key The Windows key icon. + E on your keyboard.

  2. In the left pane, select your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business folder.

    A screenshot showing File Explorer with the OneDrive for Business folder selected.

  3. If there isn't a Documents folder inside your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business folder, right-click inside the right pane and select New > Folder.

    A screenshot showing the right-click menu in File Explorer.

  4. Name the new folder Documents.

Sync your Documents folder with OneDrive

If there’s a Documents folder in your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business folder, you’re ready to sync the Documents folder on your computer with OneDrive. Here’s how:

  1. On your taskbar, select File Explorer The File Explorer icon. .

    You can also open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key The Windows key icon. + E on your keyboard.

  2. In the left pane, under This PC, right-click Documents and select Properties.

    A screenshot showing the cursor right-clicking on Documents in File Explorer.

  3. Select the Location tab and select Move.

    A screenshot showing the Documents Properties menu in File Explorer.

  4. In the left pane of the Select a Destination dialog box, select OneDrive or OneDrive for Business, select the Documents folder, and click Select Folder.

    A screenshot showing the Select a Destination dialog box in the Documents Properties menu.

  5. Select Apply, and in the dialog box that appears, select Yes.

    A screenshot showing the warning that appears when you click Select Folder in the Select a Destination dialog box.

Are you an admin?

If you’re an admin, you can redirect known folders (such as Documents) to the OneDrive for Business sync location for the users in your domain. To learn more, see Redirect known folders to OneDrive for Business.

Need more help?

Get help by emailing the OneDrive support team. In a OneDrive mobile app, shake the device to get help or share feedback on OneDrive.

See more support pages for OneDrive.

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