Remove a Synced Folder from File Explorer

How To:

  • Remove a Synced Folder from File Explorer (Windows)

Applies To:

  • Staff & Faculty, and Student Employees


Note: You will see synced SharePoint folders in your file explorer under a building icon that says Never delete a folder directly from file explorer without stopping the sync first. If you delete the folder, it will delete it for everyone! 

Stop the sync

1) Click on the One-Drive cloud icon in the system tray.

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2) Click on Settings:

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3) After clicking "Settings" you can see what SharePoint Drives you have synced to your computer.

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3a) Upon clicking the "Stop Sync" button items will stop refreshing and updating.

3b) You can now delete the SharePoint Drive from your computer in File Explorer (Caution: If you forget to click "Stop Sync" you will delete files for everyone and not just yourself).

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3) In file explorer, you will see the status of the folder no longer has a cloud, a green checkmark, or a sync icon. As long as the icon is gone, you can safely delete the files from your computer without deleting them from the cloud.

Before stopping the sync:

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After stopping the sync:

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3c) I can now select the drive and right-click to delete it from my computer.

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