Sync settings-Delete personal Settings from the Cloud?

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  1. sportsfan148's Avatar
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    Sync settings-Delete personal Settings from the Cloud?


    Hi All,
    I want to wipe the slate clean so that my Synced PC settings that are stored with my Microsoft Account are wiped clean and can start again from scratch. So yesterday I turned off Sync Settings under Accounts/Sync your Settings on my laptops and then I deleted my personal settings from the cloud.
    However, Today I noticed that in the Edge browser under settings the option to sync your favourites/reading lists/top sites and other settings across windows devices is enabled (not turned off) even though Sync your settings is turned off in Account/Sync Your settings. Does that mean that my favourites/reading lists etc will not have been deleted when I deleted my personal settings from the cloud yesterday i.e they will have immediately synced back to my Microsoft Account? As I described above Sync your settings in Accounts was (and still is) turned off before I deleted the personal settings from the cloud. I haven't turned Syncing back on in my Account settings yet at all.
    Does the On toggle in Edge settings work independently for Syncing Favourites or does it only work if Accounts/Sync Your Settings is turned on first ?
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  2. bro67's Avatar
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    Your web browser sync'd settings are different from the profile sync'd settings.
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  3. sportsfan148's Avatar
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    bro67 said:
    Your web browser sync'd settings are different from the profile sync'd settings.
    Does that mean that even if Syncing is switched off in Account settings the Edge Favorites/Reading Lists will still be synced to the cloud.
    Also, Ive noticed that I don't have an option anymore to turn off Internet Explorer favorites Syncing under Account/Sync Your Settings. Internet Explorer used to be listed there and Syncing could be turned on and off with a toggle.
    There are times when cloud data corruption can mess up Syncing your favorites lists in Edge and Internet Explorer (duplicate entries etc) so you would need to stop them automatically syncing back to your account by disabling Syncing initially while you sorted your favorites out and turning syncing back on again.
    How do you do that firstly in the Edge browser and also in Internet Exporer if required?
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  4. Posts : 1,721
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    "option anymore to turn off Internet Explorer favorites Syncing under Account/Sync Your Settings"
    I've either never seen it there, or never noticed.

    "Does that mean that even if Syncing is switched off in Account settings the Edge Favorites/Reading Lists will still be synced to the cloud."
    That 'should' shut off sync in Edge. Click the hamburger menu in upper R corner, then Settings/General. You see that mine is default 'On' but not active because turned off in Settings/Accounts/Sync your settings. The master 'Off' switch also turns syncing off everywhere else. See screens, Good Luck
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  5. sportsfan148's Avatar
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    mrgeek said:
    "option anymore to turn off Internet Explorer favorites Syncing under Account/Sync Your Settings"
    I've either never seen it there, or never noticed.

    "Does that mean that even if Syncing is switched off in Account settings the Edge Favorites/Reading Lists will still be synced to the cloud."
    That 'should' shut off sync in Edge. Click the hamburger menu in upper R corner, then Settings/General. You see that mine is default 'On' but not active because turned off in Settings/Accounts/Sync your settings. The master 'Off' switch also turns syncing off everywhere else. See screens, Good Luck
    Sync settings-Delete personal Settings from the Cloud?-screenshot_1.jpgSync settings-Delete personal Settings from the Cloud?-screenshot_2.jpg

    Hi mate. Thanks for your reply. That's good to know then that the Sync Settings toggled to Off is the Master switch and it will switch off Edge favorites syncing too. I wasn't sure if it did.
    And yes there used to be an internet explorer settings on/off toggle under Sync your settings along with Themes/Passwords etc. It seems to have disappeared though on newer Windows 10 Builds so I was curious how you would disable Internet Explorer Settings syncing now that the toggle has gone . Im using 1803
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  6. Posts : 1,721
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    I'm on 1809 latest Insider but I disabled IE way back on orig Win10. Maybe someone still using it can chime in for you.
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  7. bro67's Avatar
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    Internet Explorer no longer exists on Windows 10.
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  8. z3r010's Avatar
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    bro67 said:
    Internet Explorer no longer exists on Windows 10.
    Yes it does.
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  9. Posts : 1,721
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    z3r010 said:
    Yes it does.
    Agree. Settings/Apps/Apps & features takes you here, to enable
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  10. sportsfan148's Avatar
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    mrgeek said:
    Agree. Settings/Apps/Apps & features takes you here, to enable
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    Ive never enabled/installed that Internet Explorer link that you highlight. Internet Explorer is already installed even though it doesn't list it in your Apps.
    All you have to do is Type Internet Explorer in Cortana/Windows search on the Taskbar and it brings it up. Click on it and Internet Explorer runs
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