How To Stop My Files From Going To Onedrive

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Have you ever been frustrated with your files being saved to OneDrive without your consent? I have personally experienced this annoyance myself. In this article, I will provide you with helpful advice to prevent your files from automatically going to OneDrive.

Understanding OneDrive

Before we dive into the solutions, let’s take a moment to understand what OneDrive is. OneDrive is a cloud storage service provided by Microsoft, which allows you to store and access your files from anywhere. By default, Windows 10 is set to automatically save files to OneDrive, which can be convenient for some users, but not for everyone.

Method 1: Adjusting OneDrive Settings

The first step you can take to prevent your files from going to OneDrive is to adjust the settings within the OneDrive application. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the OneDrive application on your computer.
  2. Click on the “Settings” icon in the system tray.
  3. In the Settings tab, uncheck the option that says “Save documents to OneDrive by default”.
  4. Click “OK” to save the changes.

By disabling this option, any new documents you create or save will no longer be automatically saved to OneDrive.

Method 2: Changing the Default Save Location

Another way to prevent your files from going to OneDrive is to change the default save location on your computer. Here’s how:

  1. Open File Explorer on your computer.
  2. Select “Options” from the “View” tab.
  3. In the Folder Options window, go to the “General” tab.
  4. Under the “Default save locations” section, click on the “Browse” button.
  5. Select a different location on your computer where you want your files to be saved.
  6. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

By changing the default save location, any new files you create or save will be saved to the location you specified, rather than being automatically saved to OneDrive.

Method 3: Using Group Policy Editor (Windows Pro)

If you’re using the Windows Pro edition, you can use the Group Policy Editor to prevent files from going to OneDrive. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to “Computer Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “Windows Components” > “OneDrive”.
  4. In the right-hand pane, double-click on the policy titled “Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage”.
  5. Select the “Enabled” option and click “OK” to save the changes.

Enabling this policy will prevent any files from being saved to OneDrive.


By following these methods, you can effectively stop your files from going to OneDrive. Whether you choose to adjust the OneDrive settings, change the default save location, or utilize the Group Policy Editor, you can regain control over where your files are saved. Remember, it’s essential to choose the method that works best for your specific needs and preferences. Good luck!