How to Remove OneDrive From File Explorer in Windows 10?

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is a neat cloud storage Microsoft bundles with every Windows installation. Integration with Windows 10 and Windows 11 is convenient, but those not using OneDrive do not like that the app autostarts and consumes resources in the background. Moreover, it takes space in the navigation panel in File Explorer that you may want to use for other cloud solutions, folders, or drives. Do not like OneDrive? Here is how to remove OneDrive from File Explorer in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Removing OneDrive from File Explorer

The first option is to delete the OneDrive app. It will work the best for you if you do not use OneDrive and store files locally or in another cloud storage.

  1. Press the Start menu button and locate the OneDrive app in the list of all apps.
  2. Right-click OneDrive and select Uninstall. That option will get you to the classic Control Panel.
  3. Find OneDrive in the list of apps and double-click it. Windows might show you a User Account Control dialog box, prompting you to confirm the action. Click Yes. remove onedrive from explorer
  4. Wait for Windows to uninstall OneDrive. The operating system will not show any additional windows or dialog boxes. The app will disappear from the list once the process ends.

Tip. If you want to restore the OneDrive client in Windows 11, click this link to the official OneDrive website.

Note that this part of the article works in Windows 10 and Windows 11. You can uninstall the OneDrive app to remove OneDrive from File Explorer in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Remove OneDrive From File Explorer in Windows 10 Without Uninstalling the App

If you want to hide OneDrive in File Explorer in Windows 10, there is no need to tear down the entire app. You can make two tweaks in the registry to remove OneDrive from File Explorer. The app will remain in the system, ready for use at any time. You will also be able to access the OneDrive folder with other means.

Important. This part of the article does not work in Windows 11. It applies only to Windows 10 (the latest version and older).

  1. Press Win + R and enter the regedit command. That command opens Windows Registry Editor, which requires administrative privileges.
  2. Copy the following path and paste it into the address bar: Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}. remove onedrive folder from file explorer
  3. Double-click the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree value and change its value data from 1 to 0. hide onedrive from file explorer
  4. Copy and paste the following path into the address bar: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.
  5. Right-click the {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} value in the navigation panel and select Delete. remove onedrive account from file explorer
  6. Now copy-paste into the address bar the next path: Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}Skip this step and the following steps if you use a 32-bit version of Windows 10. windows 10 remove onedrive from explorer
  7. Double-click the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree value and change its value data from 1 to 0. remove onedrive folder from explorer
  8. Click Ok to save changes.
  9. Close all File Explorer windows and open the app again. If you did everything right, there should be no more OneDrive in the navigation area.

Turn off OneDrive Autostart in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Another option you have is to turn off OneDrive and prevent it from autostarting every time you power on your computer. This does not remove OneDrive from File Explorer. Instead, you remove OneDrive from Windows 10 autorun to increase the startup speed and the overall snappiness.

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch Task Manager. You can use other methods to open Task Manager: right-click the Start menu or the taskbar (the latter does not work in Windows 11).
  2. In Task Manager, switch to the Startup tab.
  3. Find OneDrive in the list of apps and select it. remove onedrive from windows explorer
  4. Click Disable in the bottom-right corner of the window to turn off OneDrive in Windows 10.
  5. Restart your computer.

That is how you remove OneDrive from File Explorer in Windows 10.

Cyril Kardashevsky

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