How to Set Up OneDrive Syncing in Windows 10
Windows 10 places OneDrive in every folder’s Navigation Pane, where it’s easily accessible. You can pick and choose which folders should live only on OneDrive, and which should also be mirrored — also known as synced — so they live on your computer, as well.
That can create a problem: Today’s smaller phones, tablets, and laptops don’t include much storage space. OneDrive, by contrast, can hold lots of files. Some smaller computers, usually tablets, don’t have enough room to keep a copy of everything you’ve packed away on OneDrive.
Synching files is Windows 10’s solution. The files that you choose to sync will be automatically updated between your computer and the cloud. On the cloud, your files serve as a backup, as well as a way for you to access them from your phone, tablet, or PC.
Files that aren‘t synced live only on OneDrive. If you need them, you can access them by visiting OneDrive on the Internet, as I describe later in this section.
When you first click the OneDrive folder on a new PC, Windows makes you choose which files and folders should live only on OneDrive, and which should also live as copies on your PC.
To decide which OneDrive folders should live on both your PC and OneDrive, follow these steps:
From the taskbar, click the File Explorer icon and click the OneDrive icon in the folder’s left edge.
Since this is the first time you’ve set up OneDrive on the computer, OneDrive displays an opening screen.
Click the opening screen’s Get Started button, and, if asked, sign in with your Microsoft account and password.
Only Local account holders will need to sign in; Microsoft account holders already sign in when they sign into their user account.
OneDrive asks if you want to change where your OneDrive files will be stored on your PC.
If you want to change where to store your OneDrive files, click the Change button. Otherwise, click the Next button.
If you’re using a desktop PC with plenty of storage space, just click the Next button. OneDrive will store all of your OneDrive files on your C drive, which normally has plenty of room.
Small tablets, by contrast, contain very limited storage space. To add more storage, many tablet owners buy a memory card and slide it into their tablet’s memory slot. If you’ve bought and inserted a memory card into your tiny tablet, click this window’s Change button and tell OneDrive to save its files on your tablet’s memory card instead of the default C drive.
Choose which folders to sync to your PC.
OneDrive lists all of your OneDrive folders, shown here.