How Do I Get Onedrive To Show In File Explorer

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I recently encountered a frustrating situation where I was unable to get OneDrive to appear in File Explorer on my Windows computer. After several attempts, I ultimately discovered the solution and wanted to share it in case you are also facing this problem.

First of all, let me explain why having OneDrive in File Explorer can be beneficial. OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service that allows you to store and access your files from anywhere. By adding it to File Explorer, you can easily drag and drop files to and from the cloud, making it seamless to work with your files both offline and online.

Now, let’s dive into the steps to get OneDrive to show up in File Explorer:

Step 1: Check OneDrive Settings

The first thing you need to do is ensure that OneDrive is set up correctly on your PC. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the OneDrive icon in your system tray (it looks like a white cloud).
  2. Select “More” and then “Settings”.
  3. In the Settings tab, make sure the “Files On-Demand” option is checked.
  4. Under the Files On-Demand section, check the box that says “Save space and download files as you use them”.
  5. Click “OK” to save the changes.

These settings ensure that your OneDrive files will be available on-demand, saving you valuable disk space.

Step 2: Enable the OneDrive Folder in File Explorer

After confirming the settings, the next step is to enable the OneDrive folder in File Explorer. Here’s how:

  1. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key and E together on your keyboard.
  2. In the left sidebar, right-click on “Quick access” and select “Options”.
  3. In the General tab, under the Privacy section, make sure the box next to “Show frequently used folders in Quick Access” is checked.
  4. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

Enabling the OneDrive folder in Quick Access ensures that it will be readily accessible whenever you open File Explorer.

Step 3: Restart OneDrive and File Explorer

If you’ve followed the previous steps and still don’t see OneDrive in File Explorer, try restarting both OneDrive and File Explorer. Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve any underlying issues.


Getting OneDrive to show up in File Explorer can be a real game-changer when it comes to managing your files seamlessly. By following the steps outlined above, you should now be able to access your OneDrive files directly from File Explorer on your Windows PC.

If you’ve tried all these steps and are still experiencing difficulties, I recommend reaching out to Microsoft Support for further assistance. They will be able to provide you with personalized guidance and troubleshooting specific to your setup.