Allow Individual Users (not Admins) To Exclude Specific Files and Folders
Currently, users cannot exclude files or folders from OneDrive. For example, I like the reminder that says that "Files you delete [can be restored] from your OneDrive recycle bin within the next 93 days." However, I don't need that reminder every time I save a file, when my editor replaces the .bak file. And those .bak files shouldn't be stored in OneDrive anyway. So we need a way, as individual users (not administrators) to exclude specific files, files based on wildcards, files in specific folders, or files in specific subfolders of a hierarchy in the file system (ex: "\users\mark\projects**\node_modules", from March 21 comment in feature request #18449926).
From https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/913522-onedrive-on-windows/suggestions/18449926-reassess-the-possibility-to-ignore-or-exclude-sele :
The feature you implemented is by far NOT what we were asking for.
1. It needs to be user-specific. No-one is gonna ask admins to disable sync of their files in their OneDrive directories. Every user has different directory layout and different needs. Admins would get crazy about those requests.
2. It needs to support folders too
3. it needs to be more general than just file types. A simple file/folder path comparison with a regex is enough.
I mean, you implemented an overcomplicated feature not at all meeting our needs, when all we asked for was a simple textbox in onedrive settings specifying the regex for ignored locations.
Unclever title commented
We need this to be configurable on an end user's machine. Not as a configurable option that requires access to the group policy editor of all things.
OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 Home edition where the group policy editor is not accessible.
It needs to understand and respect that integration.
It needs to be configurable for personal use as well as corporate. Being able to block specific file types and names, or folder names from syncing should be an easily configurable feature.
It needs a solution accessible from the bottom up.
Not exclusively from the top down.
Users ought to be able to control what they sync and share with cloud storage solutions with convenience and confidence.
Sure, make it overridable with group policies but it shouldn't require those policies to even function in the first place.
Did you find a solution/workaround for this?