A reader wants to know how to prevent documents from saving to OneDrive cloud storage.

“I don’t want most of my saved documents in the One Drive cloud.  I save them under This PC, then Documents.  However, they also are saved to the cloud.  How do I stop this from happening?”

It’s a fairly easy fix to stop documents from saving to OneDrive, but I’d think about it first. Documents don’t take up very much space and all and if something were to happen to your computer, your documents would be safe where you could instantly access them from another device. Even if you back up documents to an external drive, keep in mind that in case of a fire, theft, or natural disaster, that external drive is probably going to be lost to you as well.

But if you want to un-sync documents from saving to OneDrive, here’s how:

Open File Explorer and find OneDrive in the left pane. Right-click on it.

Choose Manage OneDrive backup from the menu.

This menu will open listing your backup options.

Click on Stop backup under documents. Windows will attempt to get you to back up your Pictures files, make sure you uncheck that as well.

You’ll get a warning that your documents will only save locally. Confirm by clicking on Stop backup.