How to Change OneDrive Directory

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This article will cover how to relocate the default directory of your Microsoft OneDrive folder. The below instructions should apply to all versions of OneDrive; OneDrive (work or school), OneDrive (home or personal), OneDrive for Windows


Begin by right-clicking on the Microsoft OneDrive cloud icon at the bottom right of your taskbar. This should automagically open the OneDrive window revealing the Help & Settings options menu, if not try right-clicking on the OneDrive icon again.

From the Help & Settings menu, click on Settings. Under the Account tab select Unlink this PC then click the Unlink account button from the following pop-up.


Changing Default Directory of Microsoft OneDrive


Once unlinked, the OneDrive setup screen will appear. Ignore it for now, but don’t close it.

Move OneDrive Location

Next, using the Windows File Explorer move your OneDrive folder by dragging the OneDrive folder to your new preferred directory.

Now go back to the OneDrive setup screen, select Get started, and then follow the instructions until you get to the screen where you can change your OneDrive folder’s location. Select Change Location, choose the new OneDrive folder location, and then select OK.

You’ll see a message letting you know that the OneDrive folder in the new location already has files in it. Select Use this location and finish setting up your OneDrive.

If you had chosen to sync only some folders before the reset, you’ll need to do that again once sync has completed.



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