How To Exit Onedrive From The System Tray

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One of the most useful aspects of OneDrive is its system tray icon, which provides easy access to your cloud storage and its management. However, there may be occasions where you need to completely close OneDrive from the system tray. In this article, I will provide a step-by-step guide on how to exit OneDrive from the system tray.

Step 1: Locate the OneDrive Icon

To begin, you need to locate the OneDrive icon in the system tray. The system tray is located on the right side of the taskbar, next to the clock. Look for a cloud-shaped icon with a blue background and a white cloud symbol.

Step 2: Right-Click the OneDrive Icon

Once you have located the OneDrive icon, right-click on it to open the context menu. This menu will provide you with various options for managing your OneDrive settings.

Step 3: Select “Settings” from the Context Menu

In the context menu, you will see several options. Scroll down and select “Settings” to open the OneDrive settings window.

Step 4: Go to the “Settings” Tab

In the OneDrive settings window, navigate to the “Settings” tab. This tab contains various options for customizing your OneDrive experience.

Step 5: Uncheck the “Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows” Option

Once you are on the “Settings” tab, look for the option that says “Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows.” By default, this option is checked. Uncheck the box to prevent OneDrive from automatically starting when you log in to your computer.

Step 6: Click “OK” to Save the Changes

After unchecking the option, click the “OK” button at the bottom of the OneDrive settings window to save the changes. OneDrive will no longer start automatically when you log in to Windows.


Exiting OneDrive from the system tray can be useful if you prefer not to have it running in the background at all times. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily disable OneDrive’s automatic startup and regain control over how and when you use the cloud storage service.