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    Add or Remove OneDrive Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    Add or Remove OneDrive Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove OneDrive Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: Customization
    17 Jan 2016 Last Updated: 13 Mar 2017 at 01:27

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    How to Add or Remove OneDrive Desktop Icon in Windows 10

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    In Windows 10, you can easily save your files to OneDrive and get to them from any device, like your PC, tablet, or phone.

    OneDrive is free online storage at OneDrive.com that comes with your Microsoft account. Itís like an extra hard drive thatís available from any of the devices you use. You no longer need to email files to yourself or carry around (and possibly lose) a USB flash drive. Instead, whether youíre on your laptop and working on a presentation, viewing photos from your last family vacation on your new tablet, or on your phone reviewing your shopping list, you can get to your files in OneDrive.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the OneDrive desktop icon for your account in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: OneDrive desktop icon
    Name:  OneDrive_desktop_icon.png
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    Here's How:

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

    {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} DWORD

    0 = Add
    1 = Remove



    1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add OneDrive Desktop Icon

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_OneDrive _Desktop_Icon.reg

    download


     3. To Remove OneDrive Desktop Icon

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_OneDrive _Desktop_Icon.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Refresh (F5) your desktop to apply.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    18 Jan 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 149
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    You can also just copy the icon/shortcut from the Links pane in Explorer or just make a shortcut to the .exe ?
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  2.    18 Jan 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,310
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
    Thread Starter

    Hello Gary,

    You could, but it would just be a normal shortcut instead of an official OneDrive desktop icon.
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  3.    18 Jan 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 149
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I have done this and the icon is the OneDrive cloud Icon, just with the Shortcut arrow overlaying it - no big deal
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  4.    18 Jan 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    Yeah, it's basically just the same thing.
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  5.    08 Apr 2016 #5
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Moorestown, NJ
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10

    I used the Registry edited recommended to remove the icon, but it did not work. I've rebooted my system multiple times and refreshed the desktop, but no luck. I enjoy using OneDrive, I just prefer to access it through File Explorer rather than from the desktop. Dragging the icon to the trash results in deleting the entire contents of OneDrive, which is not what I want.

    Any idea why the recommended registry edit doesn't work? Has anyone been successful using this recently?
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  6.    08 Apr 2016 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,310
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
    Thread Starter

    Hello pcraven,

    I just tested again, and it's still working fine for me in build 14316.

    Did you do anything else involving OneDrive?

    Are you still able to open your OneDrive folder?
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  7.    08 Apr 2016 #7
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Moorestown, NJ
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10

    Brink, I very much appreciate your testing again!
    I'm running Windows 10 Pro Build 10586. I have a OneDrive personal and a OneDrive business link setup. I believe I had to run a registry edit to enable the "Add a business account" option under OneDrive account settings. I think the new OneDrive business sync client is the same or essentially the same as the personal sync client, and the business option wasn't enabled by default. I'm trying to track down where Microsoft listed those steps, but I can't find it. I'm guessing that having both Personal and Business might be interfering with the method you posted?
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  8.    08 Apr 2016 #8
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Moorestown, NJ
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  9.    08 Apr 2016 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,310
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    I wouldn't think that would be an issue since this is just a link to open your personal OneDrive folder.

    As a test, create a shortcut using the target below to see if it opens OneDrive for you. It uses the same GUID as what this tutorial uses.

    explorer.exe shell:::{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
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