stop certain folders on my computer from syncing to OneDrive and remain only locally on my computer.
I need to stop certain folders on my computer from syncing to OneDrive and remain only locally on my computer.
The Problem: OneDrive automatically syncs all files/folders saved in "My Documents," which has been working fine for me so far on the "Free" (5 GB Max) version because I only save word documents/excel sheets for work in "My Documents" and save larger files in folders on my computer that are not tied to OneDrive. However, some applications default to saving their enormous program folders in "My Documents" and I've recently run into this issue. Now OneDrive is completely full trying to sync these program files that I do not need on any computer except this one, while my actual work documents will not fit.
The program in question needs these files to run, so they can't be removed from My Documents without derailing the function of the program. I would just like OneDrive to stop syncing these certain folders to the cloud, but keep syncing the rest of My Documents (preferably the ones I choose). When searching for the answer on the internet, nobody else in the world seems to have this problem. I either get articles of people wishing to remove OneDrive completely, or the opposite problem to mine (they want to keep files on the cloud, but not upload them locally to certain computers). This solution [to right-click the OneDrive icon, hit "Settings," then "Account," then "Choose Folders," and deselect the folders in question] is precisely the opposite of what I need. I need the file to stay local and NOT upload to OneDrive AT ALL without moving it out of My Documents.
I almost suspect Microsoft makes this intentionally opaque to force users into upgrading to the paid service. How can this be done?