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    Link or Unlink OneDrive with Microsoft Account in Windows 10

    Link or Unlink OneDrive with Microsoft Account in Windows 10

    How to Link or Unlink OneDrive with Microsoft Account in Windows 10
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    How to Link or Unlink OneDrive with Microsoft Account in Windows 10


    OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.

    By default, OneDrive is set to start when you sign in to Windows to have all files in each folder you choose to sync in OneDrive on your PC is automatically kept in sync with your online OneDrive.

    Sometimes you may wish to stop syncing OneDrive files to your PC, and start syncing again at another time.

    This tutorial will show you how to link (sign in) or unlink (sign out) OneDrive with a Microsoft account to start or stop syncing files for your account in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Unlink (sign out) OneDrive with Account and Stop Syncing Files
    • Option Two: To Link (sign in) OneDrive with Account and Start Syncing Files


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    Link or Unlink OneDrive with Microsoft Account in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Link or Unlink OneDrive with Microsoft Account in Windows 10
    To Unlink (sign out) OneDrive with Account and Stop Syncing Files

    1. Right click or press and hold on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar notification area, click/tap on the menu (3 dots) button, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

    If OneDrive is currently not running to show this icon, then run: %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe

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    2. Click/tap on the Account tab, and click/tap on the Unlink this PC link under OneDrive. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Unlink account to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    4. OneDrive will now be unlinked from this PC and stop syncing files to your account in Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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    Link or Unlink OneDrive with Microsoft Account in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Link or Unlink OneDrive with Microsoft Account in Windows 10
    To Link (sign in) OneDrive with Account and Start Syncing Files

    1. Open your OneDrive folder in File Explorer or click/tap on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar notification area.

    2. Enter the email address for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Enter the password for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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    4. If you have turned on two-step verification for your Microsoft account, click/tap on how you want to get your security code to verify your identity, fill out any required information, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshots below)

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    5. Enter the received code from Microsoft, and click/tap on Verify. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Make note of your shown OneDrive folder location, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Do step 8 (new location) or step 9 (this location) below for where you want your OneDrive folder to be located.


     7. To Choose New Location for your OneDrive Folder

    A) Click/tap on Choose new location. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Browse to and select a folder or drive for the location of your OneDrive folder, click/tap on Select Folder, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)

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     9. To Use This Location for your OneDrive Folder

    A) Click/tap on Use this location, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)

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    10. If prompted, click/tap on the Not now link. (see screenshot below)

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    11. When finished, looking through the Welcome to OneDrive guide, you can close the Microsoft OneDrive setup window. (see screenshots below)

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    12. If you like, you may now want to Choose what folders you want to sync with your OneDrive.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. Cliff S's Avatar
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       27 Mar 2016 #1

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    Great, easy to follow tutorial Shawn
    I'm in the process of re/ organizing OneDrive on my laptop, VM, and desktop(moved from C: drive 512GB SSD to a partition on my 2TB spinner(until I get a 2TB EVO SSD)).
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    To find the tutorial(I saw it when you first published it and forgot the title) took a while though.
    I searched for "Move OneDrive to another partition or drive", and it was under "Unlink".
    Do you think you could expand the title to include moving, or, easier yet(as it's already on G+ under this title), add the description to the index?
    In any case thanks for the tut:)

    I haven't spread enough rep yet, sorry(I really should rep more
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       27 Mar 2016 #2

    One question Shawn...
    Now that my OneDrive folder and subfolders are moved and setup to the 2nd internal disk,
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    can I delete the whole folder on my C: drive in my User folder on the C: drive? Or should I leave well enough alone?
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       27 Mar 2016 #3

    Happy Easter Cliff. :)

    I find that using key words based on the main subject (ex: OneDrive) works best when searching for tutorials.

    If you don't use OneDrive at all, you could disable OneDrive integration to completely remove it.

    /tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
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       27 Mar 2016 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Happy Easter Cliff. :)

    I find that using key words based on the main subject (ex: OneDrive) works best when searching for tutorials.

    If you don't use OneDrive at all, you could disable OneDrive integration to completely remove it.

    /tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
    Oh I'm using it, it's just, I successively moved it's location from CSSD) to my 2nd internal(a larger HDD). But, on C:, in my user folder, are still copies of the files. I just wanted to know if I deleted those, would if wipe out my new location and online folders, or are they ok to delete now, that they are sync'd to the other drive. Confusing I know, I'm having a hard time formulating what I mean myself
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       27 Mar 2016 #5

    Sorry, I wasn't awake yet I guess and misunderstood what you asked.

    I wouldn't delete the OneDrive folder on your C: drive to be safe. You could hide it though.

    File and Folder - Hide or Unhide - Windows 7 Help Forums
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       27 Mar 2016 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Sorry, I wasn't awake yet I guess and misunderstood what you asked.

    I wouldn't delete the OneDrive folder on your C: drive to be safe. You could hide it though.

    File and Folder - Hide or Unhide - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Ok ´Thanks. it might be good to leave it there, I guess, in case I need to put it back. It only has 18GB on a 500GB SSD with oodles of space left.
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