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    Choose Folders for OneDrive Selective Sync in Windows 10

    Choose Folders for OneDrive Selective Sync in Windows 10

    How to Choose Folders for OneDrive Selective Sync in Windows 10
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    How to Choose Folders for OneDrive Selective Sync in Windows 10


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    OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.com. When you save files to OneDrive, the files are automatically available to access or share from any device, even if something happens to your PC.

    Microsoft is introducing changes to how OneDrive syncs your files. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft used placeholders on your PC to represent files you have stored in OneDrive. People had to learn the difference between what files were “available online” (placeholders) versus what was “available offline” and physically on your PC. Microsoft heard a lot of feedback around this behavior. For example, people would expect that any files they see in File Explorer would be available offline by default. Then they would hop onto a flight (or go someplace without connectivity) and try to access a file they thought was on their PC and it wasn’t available because it was just a placeholder. It didn’t feel like sync was as reliable as it needed to be. For Windows 10, having OneDrive provide fast and reliable sync of your files is important. OneDrive will now use selective sync. This means you choose what you want synced to your PC from your online OneDrive and it will be. What you see is really there and you don’t need to worry about downloading it. You can choose to have all of your online OneDrive files synced to your PC, or just the ones you select, and what you want to keep safe on your online OneDrive cloud.

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    This tutorial will show you how to use OneDrive selective sync to choose folders and files from your online OneDrive that you want to sync to the OneDrive folder on your PC in Windows 10.




    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to choose folders to sync on your OneDrive.

    2. Open your OneDrive folder in File Explorer. Right click or press and hold on a file or folder in OneDrive, click/tap on Choose OneDrive folders to sync, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Right click or press and hold on the OneDrive Name:  OneDrive_icon.jpg
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    A) Click/tap on the Account tab, click/tap on the Choose folders button under the top OneDrive section, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Do step 5 (sync all) or step 6 (choose) below for what folders you want to sync on your OneDrive.


     5. To Sync All Files and Folders on your OneDrive

    A) Select (dot) Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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     6. To Choose Folders to Sync or Unsync on your OneDrive

    A) Check or uncheck the folders you want to sync under Sync only these folders, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Your selected folders will now sync on your PC. You can do either option below to check the sync status.

    A) Click/tap on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar notification area. (see screenshot below)

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    OR

    B) Open your OneDrive folder in File Explorer. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 1,511
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       19 Nov 2014 #1

    Nice one Shawn,
    One thing you forgot was at the ending,

    And that's it,
    Shawn
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  2.    19 Nov 2014 #2

    Thanks Shawn..
    Great information as usual!
    Jeff
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  3. Posts : 20,696
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       19 Nov 2014 #3

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    Nice one Shawn,
    One thing you forgot was at the ending,

    And that's it,
    Shawn
    Hehehe
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    19 Nov 2014 #4

    Thanks Shawn. I couldn't convert ESD to ISO so tried in place to 9879. Within hours I got fatal error OneDrive couldn't find Desktop causing it to flash uncontrollably from intact Desktop to error box - without any help from killing tasks, SysRestore, Startup Repair, Refresh or Reset using 9860 disk WinRe. I reimaged 9860.

    Do you think clean install will help making these settings adjustments like in the OneDrive desktop app in 7? Looks like that's what they've fallen back to? This works fine for me since I want all files available offline.

    Is there any reason to rethink rooting my active User folders in OneDrive and rooting OneDrive in E? This is the config on all my other PCs

    One other thing. Will these moves affect built-in Backup of Libraries to another PC on Network which I'm trialing in 10?

    Thanks!
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  5. Posts : 20,696
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       19 Nov 2014 #5

    Hey Greg,

    If you had moved the OneDrive folder before doing the in-place to 9870, then that could be the issue. If you move them back to default, the in-place may then work properly for OneDrive.

    Yeah, it looks pretty much the same as what the OneDrive desktop app for Windows 7 now, but now integrated into Windows.

    I've always found that moving user folders usually causes issues. Instead, I usually use include folders in libraries if I want to keep something saved at another location.

    It shouldn't affect backing up of libraries.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    19 Nov 2014 #6

    Prob is I want real time User folder synch across all devices. How to do that via Libraries? Abandon Shells to create parallel set in OneDrive added to Library?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 20,696
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       19 Nov 2014 #7

    Yeah, you could add the OneDrive folders to libraries once you get it working.

    If you like, you could also just sync the OneDrive folders across all devices that you sign in with the same Microsoft account.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    19 Nov 2014 #8

    Aha! No need to create parallel User folders, just select my existing OneDrive set and add each to Library, then set as default save?
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  9. Posts : 20,696
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       19 Nov 2014 #9

    Bingo, or just use OneDrive directly.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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