How To Make Desktop Not Onedrive

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Today, I would like to tell you about a personal encounter I had while attempting to sync my desktop with OneDrive. Being a tech lover, I am always eager to try out new features and services, and OneDrive appeared to be a promising choice for storing and accessing my files from any location. However, it became clear to me that having my desktop synced with OneDrive was not the ideal decision. Allow me to share the reasons behind this and how I managed to resolve the problem.

At first, the idea of having my desktop files automatically backed up to the cloud seemed convenient. I could access them from any device and never have to worry about losing important documents or photos. However, I quickly discovered that this setup had some drawbacks.

One major issue I faced was the constant syncing and updating of files on my desktop. Every time I made a change to a file, it would trigger a sync process that slowed down my computer and disrupted my workflow. Additionally, I found myself accidentally deleting files on my local desktop, thinking they were safely stored in OneDrive. It was frustrating to lose important files due to this misunderstanding.

After some research and experimentation, I found a solution to disconnect my desktop from OneDrive. Here’s how you can do it too:

Step 1: Pause sync

The first step is to pause the syncing process between your desktop and OneDrive. This will prevent any further changes from being synced.

  1. Locate the OneDrive icon in your system tray or menu bar.
  2. Right-click on the icon and select “Pause sync”.

Step 2: Move desktop files

Next, you’ll need to move your desktop files from the OneDrive folder back to your local desktop. This will ensure that all your files are stored locally and no longer synced with the cloud.

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Navigate to the OneDrive folder on your computer.
  3. Select all the files and folders within the OneDrive folder.
  4. Right-click and choose “Cut” to remove them from the OneDrive folder.
  5. Navigate to your local desktop folder.
  6. Right-click and choose “Paste” to move the files and folders to your local desktop.

Step 3: Disable OneDrive startup

To ensure that OneDrive doesn’t start automatically and re-enable desktop syncing, you’ll need to disable its startup process.

  1. Open the OneDrive settings on your computer.
  2. In the settings menu, find the option to disable OneDrive from starting up with your computer.
  3. Toggle the switch to disable it.

With these steps, you have successfully disconnected your desktop from OneDrive and restored your files to their original location. Now, you can enjoy a clutter-free desktop without the constant syncing interruptions.


While OneDrive offers many benefits for file storage and synchronization, keeping your desktop synced with it may not be the best choice for everyone. The constant syncing process can slow down your computer and the risk of accidentally deleting files is a concern. By following the steps mentioned above, you can easily disconnect your desktop from OneDrive and regain control over your files. Remember, technology should always serve our needs, and it’s important to adapt and customize it to suit our preferences.