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How do I restrict the files synced?

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I have a Microsoft 365 for Family license and use OneDrive with OneNote. I keep important notes in my OneNote, some of which are related to work.

 

On my work laptop I have added my OneDrive with my OneNote, so I can get to the notes I've saved there. This morning, when I logged into the work laptop it started syncing about 2 GB of files to the laptop. (At least I think it was syncing from my personal OneDrive to the laptop. I'm not sure what direction OneDrive syncs from.) I had to pause it for 8 hours because that laptop doesn't have a lot of free disk space. 2 GB would seriously hamper the functionality of that old laptop. I need access to the notes I've said in OneNote, and of course OneDrive will want to save other things to my work laptop which come off of my home desktop and personal laptop, but I want to restrict what's put on the work laptop, due to its low disk space.

 

I'm sure there's some way of doing that on my work laptop, without affecting the same settings on my home desktop or personal laptop. How do I do that, please?

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best response confirmed by Rod Falanga (Iron Contributor)
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Hi @Rod Falanga,

yes, you have the option to select which folders you want to sync from OneDrive to your work laptop. Here are the steps you can use to do this:

1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the system tray at the bottom-right of your screen.
2. Select "More" and then click on "Settings."
3. Go to the "Account" tab and click on "Choose folders."
4. Uncheck the folders that you do not want to sync with OneDrive.

 

These changes will only apply to the device you are currently using and won't affect the settings on your other devices. This way, you can manage the storage space on your work laptop more effectively.
How do I stop certain folders from syncing to onedrive? - Microsoft Community

If you want to prevent a specific folder from being synced with GPO, you can refer to detailed instructions on this link: IT Admins - Use OneDrive policies to control sync settings - SharePoint in Microsoft 365 | Microsoft... These resources provide information on using OneDrive policies to control sync settings.

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best response confirmed by Rod Falanga (Iron Contributor)
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Hi @Rod Falanga,

yes, you have the option to select which folders you want to sync from OneDrive to your work laptop. Here are the steps you can use to do this:

1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the system tray at the bottom-right of your screen.
2. Select "More" and then click on "Settings."
3. Go to the "Account" tab and click on "Choose folders."
4. Uncheck the folders that you do not want to sync with OneDrive.

 

These changes will only apply to the device you are currently using and won't affect the settings on your other devices. This way, you can manage the storage space on your work laptop more effectively.
How do I stop certain folders from syncing to onedrive? - Microsoft Community

If you want to prevent a specific folder from being synced with GPO, you can refer to detailed instructions on this link: IT Admins - Use OneDrive policies to control sync settings - SharePoint in Microsoft 365 | Microsoft... These resources provide information on using OneDrive policies to control sync settings.

Please click Mark as Best Response & Like if my post helped you to solve your issue.
This will help others to find the correct solution easily. It also closes the item.


If the post was useful in other ways, please consider giving it Like.


Kindest regards,


Leon Pavesic
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