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Reset OneDrive in Windows 10 and Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.live.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

Resetting Microsoft OneDrive can sometimes resolve sync issues. OneDrive will perform a full sync after the reset.

Resetting OneDrive will also reset your choose folders to sync with OneDrive settings back to default.

You won’t lose any data by resetting OneDrive.

This tutorial will show you how to reset OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Uninstall and Reinstall OneDrive in Windows 11

OneDrive is built-in to Windows 11 by default.

With OneDrive, you can sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.live.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you like, you can uninstall OneDrive for your account in Windows 11.

If you uninstall OneDrive:

  • You can no longer open OneDrive, but you can open your OneDrive folder.
  • OneDrive can no longer run at startup.
  • OneDrive is removed from the Start menu > All apps list.
  • OneDrive will no longer appear in the navigation pane in File Explorer.
  • OneDrive files are no longer kept in sync with the cloud.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall or reinstall OneDrive for only your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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What do the OneDrive Sync Status icons mean in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your cloud storage in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use file storage space on your Windows device.

The Microsoft OneDrive icons in desktop notification areas, menu bars, and File Explorer tell you the sync state of the file or folder.

This tutorial will explain and show you what the OneDrive sync status icons mean in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show OneDrive Status on Navigation Pane in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your cloud storage in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use file storage space on your Windows device.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

You will know that Files On-Demand is turned on if you see the status icons next to your files in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always show availability status of your OneDrive files on-demand in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Set up OneDrive in Windows 11 and Windows 10

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

This tutorial will show you how to set up OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Notifications when OneDrive Syncing is Paused in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you use OneDrive to sync files on your PC, OneDrive will notify you by default when syncing is paused automatically when the device is in battery saver mode, and/or when the device is on a metered Ethernet or metered wireless network.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable notifications when OneDrive syncing is paused automatically for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Save Photos and Videos from Devices to OneDrive in Windows 11

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you connect a phone, camera, or other devices when using OneDrive on your PC, you can have photos and videos from the device automatically saved to OneDrive.

You can automatically upload to OneDrive from cameras, phones, CompactFlash (CF) cards, Secure Digital (SD) cards, miniSD cards, USB flash drives, and other removable devices—but only when all the files on the device are photos and videos. So if you use a device like a USB flash drive to move and share groups of files that aren’t all photos, the photos won’t be added to OneDrive.

Photos and videos will import to the OneDrive/Pictures/Camera imports folder on your PC and automatically uploaded to your online storage. Because your photos and videos are imported to your PC and not just uploaded to your OneDrive storage, you can still work with them when you are offline. The programs you use to edit photos and videos might not initially display files in your OneDrive folder, so you might need to follow the steps in those programs to include this folder.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off save photos and videos from devices to OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Save Screenshots to OneDrive in Windows 11

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you use OneDrive on your PC, and you capture a screenshot, you can have it automatically saved to OneDrive.

Screenshots will still be saved to your Clipboard as before, so you can immediately paste them. They will also be saved to the OneDrive/Pictures/Screenshots folder on your PC and automatically uploaded to your online storage. You can get to the folder by using File Explorer, by going to the OneDrive website, or by using the OneDrive mobile apps.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically save screenshots you capture to OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Hide or Show Ransomware Data Recovery area in Windows Security

Windows Security provides built-in security options to help protect your device from malicious software attacks.

The Ransomware data recovery area is included on the Virus & threat protection page in Windows Security.

Ransomware detection notifies you when your OneDrive files have been attacked and guides you through the process of restoring your files. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) designed to block access to your files until you pay money.

You can hide the Virus & threat protection page or the Ransomware data recovery area from users on the device. This option can be useful if you don’t want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Ransomware data recovery area on the Virus & threat protection page in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Move or Restore Default Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 11

With OneDrive in Windows, you can sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you like, you can move the OneDrive folder and its content to a location you want it at instead of the default location in your user profile (%UserProfile%) folder.

This tutorial will show you how to move or restore the default location of the OneDrive folder for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add OneDrive to Send to Context Menu in Windows 11

The Send to context menu allows you to quickly send a copy of items (ex: files, folders, libraries) to Bluetooth device, Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Documents, Mail recipient, and removable and network drives by default.

To move an item instead of copy and item, you can right click or press and hold on a file or folder, click/tap on Show more options, click/tap on Send to, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on a drive or folder location in the Send to context menu.

With OneDrive, you can sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

This tutorial will show you how to add OneDrive to the Send to context menu in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Pause and Resume OneDrive Syncing in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

If you want to stop OneDrive syncing for a short time on your computer, you can Pause and Resume your sync. For example, if you are on a metered or slow internet connection.

Pausing and Resuming can also help if OneDrive status displays “Processing changes” for a long time.

This tutorial will show you how to pause and resume OneDrive syncing for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change OneDrive Sync Upload and Download Rate in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

You can choose how much of your network bandwidth is used for OneDrive sync Upload rate and Download rate.

This tutorial will show you how to change the OneDrive sync upload rate and download rate for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing on Metered Network in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

OneDrive syncing will automatically pause when your device is on a metered Wi-Fi or Ethernet network by default.

This tutorial will show how to enable or disable automatically pause OneDrive syncing when on a metered network for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing in Battery Saver Mode in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

The battery saver feature helps conserve power when a system is running on battery. When battery saver is on, some Windows features are disabled or behave differently. Using battery saver is the easiest way to extend battery life.

OneDrive syncing will automatically pause when your device is in battery saver mode by default.

This tutorial will show how to enable or disable automatically pause OneDrive syncing when in battery saver mode for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Set OneDrive Files On-Demand Status States in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your cloud storage in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use file storage space on your Windows device.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

You will know that Files On-Demand is turned on if you see the status icons next to your files in File Explorer.

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, you can:

  • Save space on your device by making files online only
  • Set files and folders to be always available locally on your device
  • See important information about files, such as whether they are shared
  • See thumbnails of over 300 different file types even if you don’t have the required application installed to open it

This tutorial will show you how to set OneDrive Files On-Demand status states for files and folders for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Files On-Demand in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your cloud storage in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use file storage space on your Windows device.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

You will know that Files On-Demand is turned on if you see the status icons next to your files in File Explorer.

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, you can:

  • Save space on your device by making files online only
  • Set files and folders to be always available locally on your device
  • See important information about files, such as whether they are shared
  • See thumbnails of over 300 different file types even if you don’t have the required application installed to open it

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off OneDrive Files On-Demand for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Choose which OneDrive Folders to Sync in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you don’t want to sync all of your folders in OneDrive (cloud) to your computer, you can choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove OneDrive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

OneDrive is built-in to Windows 11 by default.

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove OneDrive in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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