"This PC" My Documents folder pointing to One Drive and Cannot Change


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #1

    "This PC" My Documents folder pointing to One Drive and Cannot Change


    Not sure how it happened, but now both the One Drive - My Documents and the This PC - My Documents shortcuts in the file explorer both point to the "One Drive" My Documents folder. AND apparently that setting was backed up to One Drive, because my new PC now has that setting after I signed in to my Microsoft account.

    How do I fix this?

    Thanks in advance
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  2. dmholt57's Avatar
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       #2

    You have a local folder for OneDrive and an online folder for OneDrive attached to your Microsoft account. Anything copied into the local folder will be synced to the online folder. Remove by deleting the Documents folder in the local folder on the hard drive, this will sync the online folder to match.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #3

    Hello PapaBear, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    In addition, check using the tutorials below to see if you may have set to automatically save your Documents to OneDrive. If you did, turning it off to only save to "This PC" should stop it.

    Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  4. Posts : 3
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    Thread Starter
       #4

    I'm not sure if I explained the problem correctly, or maybe I don't understand...
    There are two Document Folders. One on One Drive that syncs with the cloud, and one in This PC.. They both are going to the same folder... I have a folder in Users/me/documents that "This PC" used to point to.. but somehow it got changed. I can't seem to figure out how to put it back.

    "This PC" My Documents folder pointing to One Drive and Cannot Change-files.jpg
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  5. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #5

    Papabear706 said:
    I'm not sure if I explained the problem correctly, or maybe I don't understand...
    There are two Document Folders. One on One Drive that syncs with the cloud, and one in This PC.. They both are going to the same folder... I have a folder in Users/me/documents that "This PC" used to point to.. but somehow it got changed. I can't seem to figure out how to put it back.

    "This PC" My Documents folder pointing to One Drive and Cannot Change-files.jpg
    @Papabear706


    Complete tutorial is here:

    Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10 | Tutorials
    Click the OneDrive icon on the task bar, then More, then settings....

    "This PC" My Documents folder pointing to One Drive and Cannot Change-2019-01-06_18h18_06.png

    Click the Auto Save tab, then Update Folders....

    "This PC" My Documents folder pointing to One Drive and Cannot Change-2019-01-06_18h14_42.png

    You will see this. Read the paragraph up top to see what it does and why. To eliminate the Documents Folder (or the other two) from the navigation pane and your User directory, simply un-protect them. The data will still be in the OneDive folder and the folder under your user name, but will no longer save new files to the OneDrive folder automatically. If you wish, you can copy the files from the OneDrive folder to the one under UserName and delete the OneDrive files.

    "This PC" My Documents folder pointing to One Drive and Cannot Change-2019-01-06_18h14_59.png
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  6. Posts : 3
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks Guys.. that got it..

    Guess I needed to be told twice.. LOL. sometimes I get a bit "Misfocused"

    Thanks again
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #7

    Glad we could help.
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  8. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 55,163
    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #8

    @Papabear706
    Happy to hear that got it for ya!
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