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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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      • 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?

      • Víctor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As everyone is saying: The feature is not complicated and it will improve OneDrive considerably. We would appreciate this functionality. Thank you.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not being able to exclude the my games full der is causing all of my steam games to crash. This is ridiculous. I cannot believe in the 21st century that this is not a feature.

      • Nik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would it not be just as easy as adding an add on that gives each file in the sync folders the option to bypass in a contextual menu? So that if Documents is syncing with OneDrive, we can right click on a folder/file that we rather not have synced and select a "Keep local" or "Store on This PC" option." Or even the exact opposite would be ideal. Keep "This PC's Documents" separate from OneDrive's and then the user could go to each individual folder, right click, and pick an option that syncs that specific folder and its contents only. For example, I had a .log file that would update after a process was closed but while it was in use the whole time it was trying to process the changes in the file as it was updating. There may be some .log files that I want backed-up where as this one is more of a nuisance than anything.

      • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My organization has our "My Documents" folder sync'd to OneDrive. IISExpress is constantly adding and deleting files. I then get this "We noticed that you recently deleted a large number of files from your OneDrive. " notice. I don't need these log files sync'd to OneDrive, however, I do need the folders there locally.

        Please implement this feature.

      • Lord_Romzess_V commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I also want to note that within the framework of filtering synchronized folders, it would be appropriate to introduce the filtering function of files by their extensions. For example, it would be convenient to be able to add some specific file extensions to the list of exceptions.

        I explain in my situation: I use additional programs to synchronize two folders on my computer (some kind of cloud storage technology for games: files from the "My Documents" folder are sent to the "OneDrive" folder, which transfers them to the cloud and already on another computer, the original program can pick them up from the “OneDrive” folder in your “My Documents” folder). The program for its work creates temporary files in the synchronized folders. Of course, OneDrive is trying to upload them to the server. In the end, this leads to the download and duplication of unnecessary files in the cloud. If I could tell OneDrive not to synchronize files with the .gs and .gsl extensions, this problem would not exist.

        (Sorry for machine-English, but Google know language better me)

      • Kyle Walker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yea, having it sync My Documents without any configuration options is too annoying. Easier to uninstall and use a different program.

      • Jorge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I kike the idea to confire a ".ondrive-exclusions" file in my mac to exclude from the backup, some unwanted files.

      • jeremy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So many years have passed, i think try other sync drive. bye stupid microsoft.

      • Achim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This feature is urgently needed because not all application support separation of generated content and user content. Microsoft applications are among those that can't.

      • Not Realname commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is *still* an issue for me. I use OneDrive to sync my laptop, which I use for general use, and my desktop, which is only used for gaming and occasional video editing. The OneDrive client can exclude folders from being synced but ALSO hides that folder from apps and the user and gives no option not to do so.
        This plays havoc with programs such as games and when developing, which use the Documents folder to store user settings - Assassin's Creed Odyssey has a folder containing its cache, meaning that every time I play the game it starts an endless loop of replacing files and uploading them, as does the RuneScape client.

        It really says something when I can use the unofficial onedrive client on Ubuntu under KDE and have more control over its behaviour!

      • A.Zwegers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree that the current "solution" doesn't take into account that some applications (eg. autocad) will create temporary (or lock) files in the folder of the shared files. These will instantly create a "Onedrive needs your attention" status because they are "in use by". Being able to exclude (such) extensions/filetypes would be highly useful. Alternatively give an option let Onedrive ignore hidden files (as such files usually are) - which is also a good idea security wise.

      • Eduardo Calzado commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is the most important needed feature. Being able to select by file type and folders is seriously important. It can break sync if you don't do it, and the alternative is to just not have it in OneDrive, which should be understandably NOT A SOLUTION.

      • James N. Rzepka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be helpful especially with the known folder redirection feature. Now that my desktop and documents sync, there are a few exceptions that I'd like to exclude. Default.rdp, for example, is very annoying as I tend to use different settings between the PCs I sync (I use different resolutions based on window sizes for the local monitor) and there's no way to currently keep this separated anymore.

      • Keith Jackson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is essential for Visual Studio developers - I am continually syncing endless trace and web temporary files backwards and forwards and, more than once, it's made my OneDrive fall over and I've had to restart it - We need to be able to exclude these folders that common apps use for temporary LOCAL storage!

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