One of the things I love about OneDrive is how it allows me to easily access my files from anywhere. However, as I started storing more and more files in OneDrive, I noticed that my desktop and file explorer were becoming cluttered with shortcuts to all my files. It was frustrating to sift through all the shortcuts just to find the files I needed. Thankfully, I discovered a simple method to remove these shortcuts from OneDrive and regain control over my desktop and file explorer.
Step 1: Open the OneDrive settings
The first step is to open the OneDrive settings. To do this, right-click on the OneDrive icon in the system tray and select “Settings”. This will open the Microsoft OneDrive settings window.
Step 2: Unselect the “Files On-Demand” option
In the Microsoft OneDrive settings window, navigate to the “Files On-Demand” tab. Here, you will see an option labeled “Save space and download files as you use them”. Make sure this option is unchecked. This will prevent OneDrive from creating shortcuts to all your files on your desktop and file explorer.
Step 3: Sync only the folders you need
By default, OneDrive syncs all the folders in your OneDrive account to your computer. This can result in a cluttered desktop and file explorer. To avoid this, you can choose to sync only the folders you need. To do this, go back to the Microsoft OneDrive settings window and navigate to the “Account” tab. Here, you will see a section labeled “Choose folders”. Click on the “Choose folders” button and uncheck the folders you don’t want to sync to your computer. This will prevent OneDrive from creating shortcuts to those folders on your desktop and file explorer.
Step 4: Remove existing shortcuts
Now that you have prevented OneDrive from creating new shortcuts, you can remove the existing shortcuts from your desktop and file explorer. To do this, simply right-click on a shortcut and select “Delete”. Repeat this step for all the shortcuts you want to remove.
Removing shortcuts from OneDrive is a simple process that can help declutter your desktop and file explorer. By following these steps, you can regain control over your files and enjoy a more organized workspace. Give it a try and see the difference it makes!