OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. Not only does it allow you to sync your files across multiple Windows 10 devices, but other platforms like OS X, Android, and iOS, too.
Being able to access all your files from virtually anywhere is a great feature. But on your main Windows 10 PC, you don’t have to sync everything from OneDrive locally. Here’s a look at using the Selective Sync feature for OneDrive and only sync the files and folders you want.
OneDrive Selective Sync on Windows 10
If you upgraded your PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you’ll notice that OneDrive is now built-in and doesn’t require a separate installation of the desktop app.
To sync your OneDrive folders with your Windows 10 device, right-click the OneDrive icon on the Taskbar – next to the clock. Then select Settings.
Next select the Choose folders tab and the Choose folders button.
Now you can go through and choose the folders on OneDrive that you want to sync locally on your PC. The folders are listed as they are in File Explorer, and you can drill down data in folders to subfolders and specific files.
I have a lot of data stored in OneDrive, and in my situation I sync screenshots and article folders in OneDrive to my devices. That allows me to work efficiently at the home office and while on the go.
But you don’t necessarily need a collection of large media files to be stored locally on your PC. Especially if you’re on a laptop or tablet with an SSD where space is a valued commodity. Like a Surface 3 with only 64 GB of storage space.
More on OneDrive
Microsoft OneDrive is a lot more liberal with its storage space compared to other companies like Dropbox or Apple’s iCloud. Just by signing up for a Microsoft account you’re given 15 GB of free space and an additional 30 GB for the Camera Roll bonus.
Today’s modern phones have amazing camera’s that take incredible pictures and video. However, with that quality comes with it, large media files. Since OneDrive works with iPhone, Android, and, of course, Windows Phone, you can set it to store automatically all of your high-resolution photos and videos to it directly. Knowing that your photos are being backed up to OneDrive, you can then delete them from your mobile device and free up space.
For more on that, read our article: Auto Backup Photos to OneDrive from Any Mobile Device.
And, if you need to purchase more storage, the prices have dropped considerably. If you subscribe to Office 365, you get essentially unlimited storage space. We covered how to do that in our article: Microsoft Doubles Free OneDrive Storage to 15 GB and Beyond.
The fun doesn’t stop with photos either. A new feature recently added is the ability to add your music to OneDrive and play it with Groove Music. And, you don’t need to have a Groove Music subscription to do it either.
Another interesting feature of OneDrive that you might now use much, but will come in handy in a pinch while you’re at the office is the ability to remotely access files on your home PC with OneDrive fetch.