How to Change OneDrive Sync Settings in Windows 10

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Some time ago, Microsoft was forced to renamed their cloud storage service SkyDrive into OneDrive. And besides the branding change, there are some new options that you can choose, 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, Windows 8.1 especially. In Windows 10, Windows 8.1, I have a feeling that there weren’t so many options for synchronizing with this cloud storage, but I could be wrong. The name – “OneDrive” is wisely picked, as it carries the same name as OneNote and is also in style with Microsoft’s new “One Windows” vision. But, let’s have a look at how you can change settings for One Drive synchronizing and also explain what they mean.

How do I change OneDrive sync settings?

  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, locksreen and pictures
  • Desktop personalization – themes, taskbar, high contrast
  • Apps – 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 them up to your OneDrive account, as well.

Speaking of cloud storage, you can also check out this guide on the best cloud storage solutions to use in 2018. There are also a series of decentralized cloud storage solutions available, if you want to keep your files as private and secure as possible.

I hope this has been of great help to you, so stay subscribed for more useful tips on Windows 10, Windows 8.1.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2014  and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.