Windows 10: How can I "unhide" onedrive from file explorer

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       19 Mar 2017 #31

    Yeah I did it just like that. I think it asked if I wanted to hide all subfolders also after selecting hidden (or apply). And then it instantly disappeared. I followed the tutorial i posted earlier from Microsoft which recommended this as part of removing onedrive from the system or at least from view.

    Later, I was able to find the onedrive folder and unhide it but it does not come back to the nav pane where it was. I can pin it to quick access but that is not where it was. It would have been easier just using the disable onedrive tutorial here that includes the reg entry to remove it from the pane.
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  2.    19 Mar 2017 #32

    Just a thought .... Check your 'C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\OneDrive' folder and see if the desktop.ini is still there. If it is, open it in Note Pad and make sure it's not empty or the content got changed. Mine shows the following ....


    Note: Check Show Hidden Files and Un-Check Hide Protected Operating System Files ... to be able to see desktop.ini
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       20 Mar 2017 #33

    Yup I have exactly that in the onedrive folder in desktop.ini.
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       20 Mar 2017 #34

    Edwin said: View Post
    I still don't know how you got it to hide from within the navigation pane; doesn't work for me!

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    I think if you want to exactly dupe what I did you have to first unlink pc with onedrive and choose not to launch at startup if you are not that way. Not sure if that would be an exact mimic because I had never set up an account with one drive when I did it. It was in a pre first use state.


    These are the steps according to the microsoft link:

    1. In the Notifications area on the bottom of the Windows screen, right-click the OneDrive icon. You might have to click the Show Hidden Icons arrow to find OneDrive.
    2. Click Settings, and on the Settings tab, uncheck all the boxes under General.
    3. On the Auto save tab, set the Documents and Pictures lists to This PC only, and uncheck the other boxes.
    4. On the Account tab, click Choose folders.
    5. In the Sync your OneDrive files to this PC box, check and uncheck the box at Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive. (The first check selects all the boxes, then the uncheck clears them all.) Click OK to close the box and return to settings.
      This step removes all OneDrive files from your computer, but leaves them on
    6. Click OK to save your changes in the Settings box.
    7. Open the Settings box again: In the Notifications area, right-click the OneDrive icon, click Settings. On the Account tab, click Unlink OneDrive. Close the Welcome to OneDrive box that appears.
    8. Open File Explorer, right-click OneDrive, and then click Properties.
      On the General tab, next to Attributes, check the Hidden box. This hides OneDrive from File Explorer.
    9. One more time, back in the Notifications area, right-click the OneDrive icon and click Exit. This removes the OneDrive icon from the Notifications area.

    I didn't have to do most of the above since I never set it up to begin with.

    Anyway, again, not a big deal since I'm going to disable onedrive using the Brink tutorial anyway. The computer seems okay otherwise.
    Last edited by tomseys; 20 Mar 2017 at 03:55.
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