How to use OneDrive Selective Sync in Windows 10


  1. How is this different from the way Cubby and Sugarsync work. I want to keep all my files on my computer and to access them within my documents folder, NOT have to look for them in a cloud storage file like onedrive, google drive or dropbox, hence my preference for Cubby and Sugarsync. This article doesn’t really explain what I want to know.

  2. Why would checking the option “Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive” not meet your requirement?

  3. This is very helpful to me. I regret the loss of placeholders / smart files (which I understand may return in due course?). I have a small storage space, two-in-one Tablet for which the main purpose of OneDrive (and other Cloud services) has been to keep files off my local storage. The last thing I want is for my files on the internet to come flooding back onto my Tablet, as happened with Google Photos. This Selective Sync looks like it will be a reasonable way of dealing with the issue.

  4. I also miss these placeholders. Even files were not present on the hard drive, I used to group files by availability to get an overview about the total files and the files I currently have access to. Without these placeholders I keep losing this appreciated overview. I wonder why it was not feasible to instruct users, rather than removing this feature.

  5. This is an absolutely horrible change. I have 1TB in my OneDrive, but only 32GB on my tablet. Under Windows 8.1 I had the entire file structure of my 130,000 files and could access them as if they were local. This new Windows 10 setup is a crock.

  6. Exactly! Exact situation here. In Windows 8.1 — well exactly what you typed. If you happen to find any solution could you let me know too? Thanks.

  7. I have never used OneDrive before, but perhaps someone can help me out.

    My impression, from the outside looking in, was that I could keep all my folders organized as is (locally, on my laptop) and select these folders for syncing TO OneDrive. But it’s looking like OneDrive provides the opposite service: Save everything to OneDrive and sync TO the laptop. Am I correct? Is there a way to make it do what I want to do so I don’t always have to work within the OneDrive folder on Windows 10? I don’t want to have to move all my folders over to OneDrive, because I don’t really WANT all my folders on OneDrive. But I also don’t want to move the ones I want there from my local Documents folder TO the OneDrive folder, because it means then I’d have things stored in two places. Honestly, I was just hoping that I could keep working from my local folders and select some to be synced, or “auto-copied” into the OneDrive folder. I don’t know if I’m being clear but is there a way to do that?

  8. with win 8 you can use skyshellex
    SkyShellEx is a shell extension that allows you to sync any folder to SkyDrive (Onedrive) but keeps your existing folder structure intact. SkyShellEx is available as 32 bit and 64 bit extension for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    SkyShellEx will not be compatible with Windows 8.1. The changes made in Windows 8.1 to integrate SkyDrive with the OS are using Symbolic Links. This prevents the further functionality of SSX.

    Symbolic Links in this link

  9. I am suffering the same.
    I chose light laptop with small SSD knowing that I do not need that much storage, now I am suffering and regretting I even upgraded to Windows 10.
    I can’t believe Microsoft would not make this an option. I would understand if they change the “default” behavior, but this down right breaking the compatibility (and rendering my paid subscription partially useless as I am seeking a different medium than Onedrive)

  10. This content is completely incorrect for altering the syncing procedures using One Drive and Windows 10. The content does NOT match the screens on a PC.

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