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    Create OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10

    Create OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10

    How to Create a OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10
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    16 Sep 2021
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    How to Create a OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10


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

    This tutorial will show you how to create a OneDrive shortcut that opens directly to your OneDrive folder for your Microsoft account in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: OneDrive folder
    Create OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10-onedrive_folder.jpg



    Here's How:

    1 Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2 Copy and paste the correct location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    (If you didn't set up Personal Vault)
    %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe

    OR

    (If you did set up Personal Vault)
    %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft OneDrive\OneDrive.exe

    Create OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10-new_shortcut-1.jpg

    3 Type OneDrive for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

    You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

    Create OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10-new_shortcut-2.jpg

    4 If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink




  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
       #1

    Almost there! I can get it to open OneDrive, but only to the base level. If I were to add the file path as a parameter, could it open there instead?

    For example:

    "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe " "C:\Users\LOCALUser\OneDrive - Company Name\Documents"
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,086
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #2

    submeg said:
    Almost there! I can get it to open OneDrive, but only to the base level. If I were to add the file path as a parameter, could it open there instead?

    For example:

    "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe " "C:\Users\LOCALUser\OneDrive - Company Name\Documents"
    Would creating a shortcut using just the full folder path work for this?

    Create Shortcut to App, File, Folder, Drive, or Website in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
       #3

    Brink said:
    Would creating a shortcut using just the full folder path work for this?

    Create Shortcut to App, File, Folder, Drive, or Website in Windows 10
    Hahaha! Far out, talk about ignoring the KISS principle! Thanks Brink, Option 4 was the easiest way!

    I think I need more coffee...
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #4

    submeg said:
    Hahaha! Far out, talk about ignoring the KISS principle! Thanks Brink, Option 4 was the easiest way!

    I think I need more coffee...
    You're most welcome.
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  5. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 6,849
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #5

    Method 2 no longer works after update to 21H1 19043.1237 since there is no onedrive.exe file in the designated directory. This other method does work Add or Remove OneDrive Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    I found onedrive.exe in C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,086
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Steve C said:
    Method 2 no longer works after update to 21H1 19043.1237 since there is no onedrive.exe file in the designated directory. This other method does work Add or Remove OneDrive Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    I found onedrive.exe in C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive
    Hello Steve,

    Odd, it's still there for me below in 21H1 19043.1237. Did you manually install OneDrive or change its installation path?

    Create OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10-onedrive.exe.png
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  7. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 6,849
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #7

    Brink said:
    Hello Steve,

    Odd, it's still there for me below in 21H1 19043.1237. Did you manually install OneDrive or change its installation path?

    Create OneDrive folder Shortcut in Windows 10-onedrive.exe.png
    I just updated another PC and that has onedrive.exe in %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\. The offending PC is my HP ProBook G6 laptop which worked fine until the update today. Maybe after another OneDrive update onedrive.exe will reappear there?
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,086
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Steve C said:
    I just updated another PC and that has onedrive.exe in %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\. The offending PC is my HP ProBook G6 laptop which worked fine until the update today. Maybe after another OneDrive update onedrive.exe will reappear there?
    It'll be interesting to see.
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  9. Farvatten's Avatar
    Posts : 707
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 21H1 19043.1237
       #9

    Brink said:
    Odd, it's still there for me below in 21H1 19043.1237. Did you manually install OneDrive or change its installation path?
    It's still in AppData for me as well.

    The only thing I've seen before that switched it from AppData\Local to Program Files was when I used the Personal Vault option and it got re-installed with this /allusers switch.

    Once I opted out of the 'Personal Vault' option subsequent clean installs installed OneDrive in /AppData/Local on both my machines.

    New OneDrive behavior after Personal Vault Setup
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