Removing the OneDrive Folder From File Explorer
OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service provided by Microsoft that allows users to store and sync files across devices. While it offers convenient access to files, some users may find it necessary to remove the OneDrive folder from File Explorer due to various reasons such as freeing up space or streamlining their file management process. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to successfully remove the OneDrive folder from File Explorer.
Step 1: Back Up Your Files
Before proceeding with the removal process, it's essential to back up any files that are stored in your OneDrive folder. This will ensure that no data is lost during the removal process. You can create a local backup on your computer or use an external storage device for this purpose.
Step 2: Sign Out of OneDrive
To begin the removal process, you need to sign out of your OneDrive account on the computer. This will prevent any conflicts or errors during the removal process.
1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the system tray (located near the clock) and select "Settings."
2. In the Microsoft OneDrive settings window, go to the "Account" tab.
3. Click on the "Unlink this PC" button. This will sign you out of the OneDrive account linked to the computer.
Step 3: Unlink OneDrive Folder
Now that you've signed out of OneDrive, you can proceed to unlink the OneDrive folder from your computer.
1. Open the File Explorer by pressing "Win + E" on your keyboard.
2. In the left sidebar, right-click on the "OneDrive" folder and select "Properties."
3. In the Properties window, go to the "Location" tab.
4. Click on the "Restore Default" button. This will reset the folder location to the default local path.
5. Confirm the action by clicking "Yes" on the dialog box that appears.
6. Click "Apply" and then "OK" to close the Properties window.
Step 4: Uninstall OneDrive (Optional)
If you no longer want to use OneDrive on your computer, you can choose to uninstall the application. This step is optional and can be skipped if you plan to continue using OneDrive in the future.
1. Press "Win + X" and select "Apps and Features" from the menu.
2. In the Apps and Features window, locate and select "Microsoft OneDrive."
3. Click on the "Uninstall" button.
4. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the uninstallation process.
Step 5: Remove OneDrive Shortcut
To ensure a clean removal, it's a good idea to remove any residual shortcuts related to OneDrive.
1. Right-click on the OneDrive shortcut on your desktop (if present) and select "Delete."
2. Remove OneDrive from the Quick Access menu in File Explorer by right-clicking and selecting "Remove from Quick Access."
Step 6: Restart Your Computer
After completing the removal steps, it's recommended to restart your computer. This will help ensure that all changes are applied correctly.
Step 7: Verify Removal
Once your computer has restarted, open File Explorer again to confirm that the OneDrive folder is no longer visible in the left sidebar. Additionally, check the location where the OneDrive folder was previously located to ensure that it's been successfully unlinked.
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