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OneDrive Integration In Windows 10; Everything You Need To Know

No doubt you’ve heard that Windows 10 will feature deeper OneDrive integration. Microsoft pushed its cloud drive onto it users back in Windows 8 and with each successive build of the Windows 10 technical preview, we see how more features are going to look and behave in the final version. OneDrive has some new settings in place, you still can’t turn the thing off completely, and it’s gone the Dropbox way of syncing files after listening to feedback from users who weren’t all too happy with how the desktop app worked in Windows 8. Here’s a quick look at OneDrive for Windows 10.

The app runs in the System Tray and a green progress indicator just below the app’s icon shows when it is syncing files or connecting your account. Right-click to access the app’s settings and manage storage. The storage management options will open OneDrive’s settings page in your browser. If you want to manage storage on your laptop or tablet, go to PC Settings>OneDrive>FileStorage.


Click the icon to see when it was last updated, to view sync progress, and to open your OneDrive Folder.

onedrive icon

You can select which folders to sync with OneDrive and this is a pretty huge change because OneDrive has changed the way it syncs files. Previously, it kept only a thumbnail on your local drive and when you tried to access it, OneDrive would then fetch the actual file for you. Now, all files synced with OneDrive will be available at all times, just like with Dropbox. This can also mean you end up syncing a lot of files to your drive so select what you sync from Settings>Choose Folders. Only synced folders will appear in your OneDrive in the File Explorer (not something a lot of people are happy about at present).

choose folders

OneDrive will integrate with Office apps as well giving you the option to sync your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from within the apps. The app’s settings are more or less unchanged and as you can guess, you can’t unlink the device because you’re signed in with your Microsoft account.

onedrive settings

The big change of course is how files are going to sync now; instead of the ‘placeholder’ files, you’re files will always be available.


  1. Making all the files available all the time won’t work. My onedrive files are to large to fit on my tablet so I have to go back to the old way of not sinking all my computers again. This stinks!!!

  2. Neither the old version nor the new one really solve the problem of moving between devices with very different local storage sizes like a desktop and a surface.

    This isnt rocket science. The first cloud provider to provide a local directory, LRU local cache and “sticky bit” will walk away with the prize

  3. OneDrive is not as nice as you expect: a very simple default functionality is no implemented. You can’t share folders like you do with dropbox or google drive, not even the pro version, don’t waste your time like I did moving everything to onedrive and then realize that I was not able to share folders with my colleagues 🙁

  4. I like the windows 8 implementation where you can see all the files and download when you open and save space. You can also right click the file to make it available offline.

  5. “Only synced folders will appear in your OneDrive in the File Explorer
    (not something a lot of people are happy about at present).”

    I guess I’m lost, but that’s what OneDrive does in Windows 7 and 8.1. Where else would it be?

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