This is How to Stop Saving Files to OneDrive any time

Fro the start you may want to Stop Saving Files to OneDrive or maybe your Onedrive is almost full and you needed to disable some folders to stop saving to the OneDrive. In any of the cases, this page will show you (with image illustrations) how to do it fast.

OneDrive is a cloud storage own by Microsoft, to save any kind of flies (Videos, audios, documents, images, zip files, etc) that also be accessed across all devices. Because Microsoft owns this (OneDrive), and it own Windows and Microsoft Office, data are automatically stored in OneDrive. It is among the top listed cloud storage platforms (See the full list of cloud platforms here).

In some cases though, your OneDrive gets full or you just want to internationally want to disconnect your PC from the OneDrive cloud.

What so ever that may be the reason, there are several ways to stop saving Files to OneDrive any time and we have shared all the tips/methods below.

How to Stop Saving Files to OneDrive

  1. Click on the OneDrive icon in the task bar.
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image locating the OneDrive icon

2. You should see a pop-up, select “Help & Settings“, then select “Settings“.

Image of OneDrive settings
Image of OneDrive settings

3. From the settings page, go to the “Backup” tab and click on the “Manage Backup“.

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OneDrive backup tab

4. Then select (by clicking) which of the folders you no longer want to save on OneDrive. You may want to select all the folders. Then click on “Start Backup” to save your changes.

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OneDrive select backup file image

But you may be seeing a little different thing in a scenario where your OneDrive is full (meaning that you have exhausted the storage space).

Warning messages like; Your OneDrive if full – Free space or buy more storage.

This is what you see in this case;

From the “Step 3” above where you have to click on the “Backup” tab and “Manage backup” your screen may display like the one below;

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Click or select on “Stop back up” for any part or folder of your computer you wish not to back up on the OneDrive storage. For each one you click there will be a dialogue box asking your confirmation to either “Stop back up” or “Stay backed up” – select the “Stop back up” to complete and confirm your action.

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You will further get a confirmation that the folder you selected is no longer backing up to the OneDrive storage. Simply click on the “Close” button and proceed again to repeat the same action if you still have more folders to stop backing up on OneDrive.

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How to Stop Storing MS-Word documents to OneDrive

You might also want to disallow saving your Microsoft Word documents to OneDrive, then follow the steps below to do that right away.

Step One: On your Microsoft Word application, click on the “Files” menu at the top left of the page, then go to “Save as”.

Step Two: Select “This PC”, then select “More options” under the Documents tab at the right side of the page.

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Step Three: Then select the “Options” tab

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Step Four: Make sure to select the “Save” tab, then under the “Save documents” check the box “Save to Computer by Default” and that’s it.

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Its’ done!

How to Unlink OneDrive Account on Computer

Another option in this tutorial on “How to Stop Saving Files to OneDrive” is the option to completely Unlink your computer from the OneDrive.

This option will be useful if you have decided that your entire information should be saved on your computer. And it goes like this;

Step One: Go to the OneDrive icon (as shown at the start of this tutorial).

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Step Two: click on the Help & Settings”, then select “Settings”.

onedrive help and settings image

Step Three: Under the “Account” tab, click on the “Unlink this PC”.

onedrive unlink app image

Step Four: Then confirm that you want to unlink the PC from OneDrive by clicking on the “Unlink account”.

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This takes care of any issue your OneDrive might be showing. However, don’t be scared about your already saved files, you can still access them all on your computer.

Lastly, this option is to completely uninstall OneDrive from your computer. Again, no file will be lost, you will see them on your computer.

The steps below will show you how to uninstall the OneDrive application from your computer.

How to Uninstall the OneDrive Application from Computer

Step 1: Click on your Windows icon, then go to “Settings”.

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Step 2: Then click on “Apps”.

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Step 3: The Under Apps select “Apps and features

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Step 4: Scroll through the list of apps, find the “Microsoft OneDrive” app and click on it. Then click on “Uninstall“.

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On clicking the Uninstall button you will get a pop-up informing you that ” This app and its related info will be uninstalled”, then click on the “Uninstall” button to proceed.

Please note that you can access your existing data by simply signing in to from any browser and devices.


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