Stop forcing OneDrive folders to Favorites in the Finder Sidebar
Every time I reboot, OneDrive forcefully places a shortcut to it's folder in the Finder Sidebar Favorites section.
I'd like to have the choice of disabling this.
This sort of 'antisocial behaviour' is so typical of the coders at Microsoft, whose clear view of users / customers is that they get what they're given, and should just accept this. Microsoft has absolutely no idea about human-centred design. And it shows — in their simply dreadful products.
I use my home computer for work. I have a work folder that has a number of sub-folders in it. One contains Git repos from Azure DevOps and one is my OneDrive folder. I have the parent in my favourites so I can get to which ever subfolder I want easily. To then have one of the sub-folders automatically added every time I reboot (with the same name as the parent) is very frustrating!
Jack Knight commented
Yes, please allow me to disable this. I use OneDrive for work, but this is also my personal computer, and I don't like how close together my personal documents are to my work documents in the sidebar.
Even though I like having the OneDrive folder in the sidebar, I still vote for this. It's terrible to force it on users. I particularly dislike that it repositions itself with every reboot. Why?
Chris Miller commented
I would like to control whether I have OneDrive in my Favourites or not. I have 3 OneDrive accounts, two corporate and one personal which means every time I boot 3 extra favourites appears which I have to remove manually.
These forceful additions are unacceptable.
I have this issue and hate it. I am working with Microsoft support to try to stop this frustrating behavior that is against good design principles.
This is absolutely ridiculous behavior. Dropbox and Google Drive don't do this. I will be deleting OneDrive in September (when I no longer need it locally) because of this behavior.
Agreed. I may stop using OneDrive just for this one issue. You can't force a favorite and not have the ability to remove it.
Please - I need this removed. I work with several clients and would prefer not to have this visible.
Absolutely a huge problem because I have two different accounts and need the shortcut on the sidebar gone!
Even worse, I get multiple instances appearing in my Favourites - every so often I remove them all but they gradually reappear every time I reboot or something.
Couldn't agree more. Favourites are called that for a reason. They're personal. Any application that forcibly puts itself there (and not just once, but every time you launch) is violating a person's personal space, leading to strong emotional reactions, as evident by all the other comments.
(A similar thing that bugs me out just as much: the startup chime from Skype for Business. No way to turn it off. Aargh!)
Mirmohammad Saadati commented
Please remove this annoying behavior, start developing useful features instead of forcing your software on your users! GOD I HATE MICROSOFT. Only if I had the option to not use your useless Office package. LOOK AT THE ATTACHMENT TO SEE HOW YOU'RE RUINING MY FINDER WITH THIS ANNOYING BEHAVIOR. STOP!!!
Tom Ward commented
I hate this behaviour. If you want us to use your software focus on making it better, not on obnoxiously intruding into my operating system.
I will be removing all Microsoft software from my system as soon as work makes this possible, unless this trend towards invasive nonsense is reversed.
Since weeks I was just as annoyed as most of you here, to put it mildly. So when I came across this thread yesterday at least I knew I wasn't alone.
aaaand *drumroll*, *tatataaa* I came across a working solution. Yes, there is one. And it's working. And simple... and. well. it's one more evidence that M$ made OneDrive behave the way it does by intention. Because, as someone else wrote down there, forcefully overwriting the configvurqtion of the users Favorites is against Apple's style- and UI-guides. An app behaving so bad would not be pass Apple's QA and therefore wouldn't be availabler on the AppStore. but it is. And that's the simple solution: Quit OneDrive which you, me, we all got as a download from MS. Then delete the /Applications/OneDrive in Finder, go to AppStore, install OneDrive from there, re-authorize, wait - done. Now change Finder's Favorite Section to your wishes, reboot and... problem solved.
OneDrive has been recently forced on me by my company. Oh how I wish we didn't have to use OneDrive. Look at this issue, it's over 2 years old and Microsoft hasn't done a thing. If I manually remove the OneDrive directories, it means I DON'T F#@%ING WANT IT THERE
Stoyan Mishinev commented
I do not kindly ask you to remove this annoying behaviour. I INSIST you to remove this violent behaviour from your application. You, Microsoft, do not have the right to forcibly define the look and feel of the applications not made by you and part of my operating system.
Yes please. I can't stand having to remove these items from the Finder sidebar every time I restart the application.
This looks especially out of place, now that iCloud has it's own heading in the Finder in macOS Catalina.
Julie M commented
Can we please remove the finder favourites and can we remove the domain name and just have the OneDrive name as this is confusing my users!!!!
Very intrusive behaviour, indeed.
Please let us disable this in settings like:
[x] Do not add to favorites
[x] Hide menubar icon
[x] Hide dock icon
Or even better: Use positive descriptions instead of negative ones:
[_] Show in Dock
[_] Show in Menubar
[_] Add to Finder favorites