How to Change OneDrive Sync Settings in Windows 10

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Some time ago, Microsoft was forced to renamed its cloud storage service SkyDrive into OneDrive.

Besides the branding change, there were some new options added, and today we’re going to talk about synchronizing settings.

Since OneDrive is the default cloud storage, Microsoft has decided to embed it deeply inside Windows 10, and earlier Windows 8.1 especially.


Check out this easy guide to start downloading documents and pictures from OneDrive in no time.


How do I change OneDrive sync settings?

Change OneDrive sync settings on Windows 8.1

  1. Open the Search charms bar, go to the right top corner or press the Windows logo + W key
  2. Type there PC Settings
  3. Then choose OneDrive
  4. From there, choose Sync settings

Now, you will have access to a lot of features that you can choose to turn off, or leave them on, as they are, by default. So, from here, you can synchronize to your OneDrive account a bunch of things, and here they are enlisted:windows 8.1 one drive settings

  • PC settings – you can synchronize your Windows 8.1 desktop or tablet settings across all of your devices.
  • Start screen – your tiles and layouts
  • Appearance – Colors, background, lock screen and pictures
  • Desktop personalization – themes, taskbar, high contrast
  • Apps – a list of apps you have installed, as well as your settings and purchase within apps
  • Web browser – favorites, open tabs, home pages, history, and page settings
  • Passwords – sign-in information for apps, websites, networks, and HomeGroup
  • Language preferences – keyboard input, display language, personal dictionary
  • Ease of access – narrator, magnifier
  • Other Windows settings – File Explorer, mouse, printers

Change OneDrive sync settings on Windows 10

Let’s see how we can change OneDrive settings on Windows 10. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Select the OneDrive icon in the taskbar
  2. Select More > go to Settingsonedrive settings
  3. Click on the Account tab > Choose folders.
  4. The Sync your OneDrive files to this PC dialog box should now be available on the screen
  5. Uncheck the folders you don’t want to sync to your PC > hit OK. If you want to sync absolutely all your folders, then check the Make all files available option.

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Also, besides all this, you can choose to back up your files to your OneDrive account, as well.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in April 2014 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.