OneDrive cloud storage is an important feature of Windows 10, but not everyone like it. Some readers don’t get why you’d use it at all, like George. “Is there some way to uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10. I don’t like it and wish I had never signed up for it. I’ve been ignoring it, but it is still an irritant having it on File Explorer. Maybe I just don’t see the purpose of it.”

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You can uninstall it, but you can hide it and stop syncing OneDrive files to your PC. But before we hide OneDrive, I’m going to make a case for cloud storage of your documents. For some people the convenience of being able to access your documents from any PC, tablet, phone or computer is a big draw.  I love being able to pull up a document on my phone or at my work PC if needed.

 

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If you only use one computer, this may not matter to you. But imagine this, there’s a fire or flood or some other disaster. You could lose your PC, but you’ll probably also lose your external hard drive or whatever external media you have your documents backed up on. If you have a OneDrive account, there will still be copies stored safe and sound on servers somewhere else. Likely on multiple servers in multiple locations.

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Or even if your PC just crashes, you can buy a new one and immediately open up your documents. But let’s say that you don’t care about that. The simplest thing is to just ignore OneDrive and leave it there in case you need it for something someday.

But if that’s not working for you, there are ways to both hide and disable OneDrive. Tomorrow, in part 2 of this article, I’ll show you how to hide OneDrive.

~ Cynthia