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
Thanks for the feedback! We’re starting to look at this one. No plans to share yet.
Charles C Kozakiewicz Jr commented
Sentinel One uses some files to try and catch Ransomware attacks. since we cant ignore them, new files are not backing up automatically
Je voie que depuis mes dernières utilisations de OneDrive qui date de plus de 2 ans, les problèmes de synchronisation ne semble toujours pas résolu. C'est très dommage, Microsoft devrait investir plus de temps de développement sur OneDrive pour résoudre les nombreux problèmes relevés pas leur utilisateurs qui paye le gros prix pour un produit semi-fonctionnel.
Grosse déception pour moi....
I'm slowly moving to google services thanks to Microsoft's decisions that make good tools just pathetic because of lacking essential functionality.
Hey, MS, one more good idea for you - make selecting text as paid feature in Word in the next update. Pay as you select text.
Joseph Barone commented
For example, the mobaxterm app creates a log file in 'My Documents'. It is not moveable. Onedrive's synchro is in error, the file is in use.
Alessandro Iraci commented
I'll join the chorus, it shouldn't be difficult to implement and it would be SO USEFUL. Please do that!
Kim T commented
Not just developers, but musicians too..... OneDrive just decided to backup my Ableton Live folder which includes 2.47GB of Factory Packs
Luckily with Ableton Live there is a solution to move the Factory Pack location, but I fear i'll have this issue with another app soon.
As a developer-friendly company you know that we (and MS developers) don't want to sync node_modules, NuGet package folders, and various other folders that take up unneeded space and would save Microsoft on storage and bandwidth costs. Everyone is pretty much asking for something similar to .gitignore that tells the client not to sync whatever is specified.
It's the end of 2019 now! I still have to let some config files or caches in my Documents fold to be synced. What a big disappointment!
Any update on this? I dont want my shortcuts to be synced across multiple devices with again more shortcuts.
Also having no way of ignoring certain files/folders in software development is unacceptable.
I've switched back to Dropbox because of how their selective sync works. ie SOLELY because of this issue. This would be solved if you gave your users two options to choose from when they enabled selective sync:
1) new folders must be manually added to sync (how it currently works. default)
2) new folders will be added to sync automatically (ie this feature request)
this could be radio buttons or just a single checkbox to enable option #1. Defaulting to current behavior would make everyone happy and buy you some new and returning users. Surely this is a relatively simple feature to implement.
Kevin Antonio Mitchell commented
Software development needs this visual studios generates so many files uneeded in a sync situation....
I agree. I have to manually switch off OneDrive whenever I code, as otherwise the laptop will just blow off due to syncing.
Michal Kovařík commented
Let me put in in a simple language that MS understands: I won't be paying for OneDrive subscriptions unless this is implemented. OneDrive is a great tool, I enjoy using it, but i had to move my workflow outside. If i can ignore node_modules I'll be happy to move my files and projects back to OneDrive and pay for premium.
TL:DR: No way to ignore node_modules, no money for MS.
Philip S. commented
To accelerate roll out of this and keep things simple:
Please first add the capability for admins to be able to SILENTLY IGNORE (skip over) files by file type (specific extensions) from being synced organization-wide via the OD sync app (SPO and ODFB). The sync agent just needs to carry on as if the file didn't exist and just not have any cloud icon beside it in Windows File Explorer, just like when you un-sync a SPO folder. You can put the admin control UI on the same page and right under the block file types setting that already exists in the admin portal. The big red flags and notifications that the sync agent throws currently make the block file types feature unusable for skipping over files that appear in their synced folders during every day use with various applications because it not only scares the users initially and unnecessarily, but they grow complacent and fatigued at them and the occasional actual real sync issues are completely overlooked and essentially hidden by the noise. That's not even getting in to the sync issues and delays caused by the unsupported file types until they are removed by hand manually or automatically once the applications have been closed.
As already mentioned, the ability for admins and users alike to exclude certain folders by relative path is also very needed.
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I would love to have something like a .git_ignore to ignore my .git/node_modules/other build folders, or generated files. It's taking up a lot of space and I usually manually delete them (if I'm not working on the project). I'm still looking for The One Filehosting service, and this feature would be the thing that would make this one a keeper, even when it's a paid feature.
Alexandru Gradinaru commented
This is a must have functionality for all devs put there! Currently OneDrive is having massive difficulties in handling dependencies (node_modules, vendor, libs and others) that bundle a huge number of files, unnecessary synced in the cloud.
Let's make it simple with an example. Right now I can't use OneDrive to sync my Documents folder because I still have a need for PST files. And, of course, Office 2016/365 wants to put these files in the Outlook Files folder (which I prefer over the old location in AppData). So, because I can't tell OneDrive NOT to synch that folder, OneDrive won't backup the Documents. Now isn't that a brilliant strategy! If OneDrive were a new product, I could understand the lack of this feature, but now?
Any update on this 2,5 years old request? :D
I had seen this request four years ago first, and seen same request every year, but the feature even don't have a plan. MS, you guys really a SH*T.
Christian Radich commented
I imagine the developers of OneDrive do not use OneDrive in their development environment. Otherwise this would have been implemented day 1.