How To Remove OneDrive From File Explorer In Windows 11

Are you looking to remove OneDrive from File Explorer in Windows 11? Follow these simple steps to declutter your navigation experience on your PC.

To remove OneDrive from File Explorer in Windows 11, there are a few methods you can try. One option is to unlink OneDrive from your computer, which won’t delete your files but will remove the OneDrive shortcut. In Windows, you can open OneDrive settings, go to the Account tab, and select Unlink this PC. On macOS, you can click the OneDrive cloud icon in the Menu bar, select Preferences, go to the Account tab, and select Unlink this PC.

Another method involves using the Registry Editor. You can navigate to a specific location in the Registry Editor and modify a DWORD value to remove the OneDrive icon from File Explorer. It is important to note that modifying the registry carries some risks, so it’s recommended to create a system restore point beforehand.

If you want to show the OneDrive icon again in File Explorer, you can go back to the Registry Editor and modify the DWORD value again.

Alternatively, if you don’t use the service, you can completely remove OneDrive on Windows 11 or disable it using Group Policy Editor.

Uninstalling OneDrive will automatically remove the OneDrive folder from File Explorer. You can uninstall OneDrive by going to Start > Settings > Apps & Features, finding Microsoft OneDrive, and selecting Uninstall.

Unlinking OneDrive from Windows 11

To remove the OneDrive shortcut from File Explorer in Windows 11, you can unlink OneDrive from your computer. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open OneDrive settings by right-clicking on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and selecting “Settings”.
  2. In the Account tab, click the “Unlink this PC” button.
  3. A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to proceed with unlinking your PC from OneDrive. Click “Unlink account”.

This process will remove the OneDrive shortcut from File Explorer while keeping your files intact. If you change your mind and want to use OneDrive again, you can simply sign in to the app and link your PC.

Unlinking OneDrive on macOS

If you’re using macOS, follow these steps to unlink OneDrive:

  1. Click the OneDrive cloud icon in the Menu bar and select “Preferences”.
  2. In the Account tab, click the “Unlink this PC” button.
  3. Confirm the action by clicking “Unlink account” in the dialog that appears.

After unlinking OneDrive from your macOS, the OneDrive shortcut will be removed from File Explorer.

Operating System Method
Windows 11 Unlink OneDrive from the Account tab in OneDrive settings
macOS Unlink OneDrive from the Account tab in OneDrive Preferences

Removing OneDrive Icon using Registry Editor

If you prefer a more advanced method, you can remove the OneDrive icon from File Explorer in Windows 11 using the Registry Editor. However, please proceed with caution and follow the steps carefully.

To start, open the Registry Editor by pressing the Windows key + R on your keyboard, typing “regedit” into the Run dialog, and pressing Enter.

Once the Registry Editor is open, navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
Right-click on the {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} folder and select Delete.

After deleting the folder, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer. The OneDrive icon should no longer appear in File Explorer.

Important Note:

Modifying the Windows Registry can have serious consequences if done incorrectly. It is crucial to follow the steps precisely and back up your system before making any changes. We recommend creating a system restore point as a precautionary measure.

Uninstalling or Disabling OneDrive on Windows 11

If you no longer use OneDrive or prefer to completely remove it from your Windows 11 PC, you have the option to uninstall it. Here’s how you can uninstall OneDrive and remove the OneDrive folder from File Explorer.

To uninstall OneDrive, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Go to Settings and click on Apps & Features.
  3. Scroll down and find Microsoft OneDrive in the list of installed apps.
  4. Select Microsoft OneDrive and click on Uninstall.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process.

Once you have uninstalled OneDrive, the OneDrive folder will be removed from File Explorer. This folder is where your synced files and folders were stored.

If you prefer to disable OneDrive without completely uninstalling it, you can use the Group Policy Editor. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) and click OK to open the Group Policy Editor.
  3. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive.
  4. Double-click on the “Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage” policy.
  5. Select Enabled and click OK.

By disabling OneDrive through the Group Policy Editor, the OneDrive sync client will be disabled, and the OneDrive folder will not appear in File Explorer.

Whether you choose to uninstall OneDrive or disable it through the Group Policy Editor, you can remove or hide the OneDrive icon from the system tray by right-clicking on the taskbar, selecting “Taskbar settings,” scrolling down to the “Notification area” section, and clicking on “Turn system icons on or off.”

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