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How can we improve the OneDrive experience on Windows?

Reassess the possibility to ignore or exclude selected OneDrive folders and files from the sync process.

It would be great to be able to ignore or exclude selected files and folders within the OneDrive folder from syncing. It has been requested a few times before and solves user problems in a variety of areas: from software developers having problems with temporary build files and node_modules folders, through users who want to ignore sync problems (or issues like waiting days for a file to upload on a slow connection) by ignoring files in sync, to users who want to ignore files and folders created by applications, especially photo applications. There are many use cases where this feature would be a solution.

It might also be the case that a feature would reduce the number of support requests and user dissatisfaction, since users would have a way to fix various issues themselves (there is probably more applicable scenarios than described above) by desyncing a file or folder causing problems.

I know this feature has been requested before, and has received the status 'not right now', therefore I have termed this request 'reassess', to determine if the 'not right now' status is still the state of this feature request. I have collected the IDs of the uservoice requests for which this feature would be a solution (listed at the end of the request), summing the votes on these requests, this feature has a total of 549 votes, which would place at about the 35th position, among other requests which have status of 'working on it' or 'thinking about it'.

Thanks for your consideration!

The IDs of the related uservoice issues are: 6988070,10720758,10932591,10778649,10954851,11301837,11344905,11654178,13452462,15748891,17236724,8026992,15017205,17169314,18429295,7290507,11625105,12915153,13541754,16044514,7927728

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  • jeremy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1This is such an oversight. Many of the other cloud sync products have this capability.

  • Daniel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Microsoft GitHub package registry is in beta so promoting nodes use in GitHub and Microsoft products. It would be good then for onedrive to work effectively with node modules by allowing them to be excluded like in GitHub.

  • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    To extend William's idea, probably a .onedriveignore file could be the solution, where we could place the path of files and folders with or without wildcards and possible file types as well like *.jpg.

    The .onedriveignore file should be processed in each folder, so we could have ignore different things in different folders.

    In case a file was synced before but now it's under a ignore rule, the file we should receive an email alerting about the situation and the file should go into the recycle bin after 7 days.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is such an oversight. Many of the other cloud sync products have this capability.

  • Ilea Patrik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have mods and temp files in my users folder, created by apps and games.. The mods are also too large things, and i do not want to sync it to my cloud, i simply want to ignore them, also, i want to ignore the temp files and folders.. There should be a .oneignore file or something like that, like in GIT... There is no reason not to implement this!

  • Gerge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I like how as you scroll responses to the top voted suggestions this one is conveniently skipped.

  • Tim Hayes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have games I play on one computer and sometimes depending on what is going on another computer. They have different monitor sizes and different video cards. Games tend to save the settings in the documents folder..and it causes no end of havoc having to reset everything to go from one to another. if I tell it to not sync a file or folder, it removes it form the documents folder. I just want to say 'ignore this file/folder' and leave it there.

  • Neil Gaetano Lindberg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is redonkulous. How about a .oneignore or ANYTHING supporting ignoring a directory, especially within VSCode...? Being prompted to delete 20,000 files from OneDrive everytime I do versioning updating on a NodeJS project is just durh.

  • Mike D commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yo, MS, wtf, how does a mutli-billion $$ operation not consider. You wonder why people complain about you so much.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is simply a MUST HAVE feature.
    Why we still don't have it?
    There are a lot of files and/or folders that we may not want to sync with OneDrive, while other files/folders could be in the same place and uploaded normally.
    This would save MS and users bandwidth and avoid syncing problems.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's time to add this "feature" - really it's just a common sense item for any sync engine.

  • Emmanuel C. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This a an easy feature to implement and would save a lot of frustration and wasted internet data for everyone.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While I enjoy this "new Microsoft" and their products, the lack of attention to the community is terrible. Why can't we have this feature? I'm using the Windows Feedback Hub for a lot of things, but Microsoft simply ignores their users.

  • Matteo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's an essential feature for developers, for example we need to exclude sourcecontrol/subversion files...

  • DanW commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We also need OneDrive to just ignore files with certain extensions to prevent sync blockage. I don't really care if these file types are synced but OneDrive always gets hung up trying to sync them and then doesn't sync anything until the associated software is closed.

    Either give functionality to ignore filetypes or just the better thing may be to fix your sync so that it just doesn't get tripped up with "file open by application" errors.

    Overall, we're very frustrated with OneDrive / Sharepoint.

  • David Lafferty commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I simply need to be able to block certain files from uploading. Business accounts can but I can't? WTF???

  • Max commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is Microsoft's chance to stand out... No other similar software has this feature, but it's been years and this stupidly simple feature is still not in. I just want to choose which folder or file is synced and which one isn't. Are people still working on this or is it abandoned?

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