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OneDrive Desktop (Windows 11): Sync and backup

This article will walk you through how to set up backup of important PC folders to OneDrive for Windows 11.

Before you begin

If you have never opened or logged into OneDrive for the desktop, please check out this article: OneDrive for Business: Windows Desktop

Turning on and Managing backup

  1. In the Taskbar System Tray, left-click on the OneDrive icon (blue cloud).

    Finding the blue cloud onedrive icon in system tray.

  2. Click on the Help & Settings gear icon in the top right of the OneDrive panel.

    Clicking on the gear icon in the OneDrive home panel.

  3. Click Manage backup in the Sync and backup tab of the OneDrive settings window.

    Clicking on Manage backup in the OneDrive settings window.

  4. Click the switches to toggle them to the On position (the switches toggled on are in blue, shown below), then click Save changes to save the selection. You can choose to not backup certain folders if you wish, but anything in those folders will not be backed up and synced to OneDrive.

    Selecting folders to backup in the OneDrive manage backup settings window.

  5. You can close out of any OneDrive settings windows and continue working while your files sync and backup to OneDrive in the background.


Keywordssync files folders protect backup onedrive windows automatic auto protectmyfiles win11 windows11 11   Doc ID127031
OwnerArthur C.GroupUW Stout
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Created2023-04-03 09:25:39Updated2023-04-03 12:11:00
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