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SharePoint: Removing Synced SharePoint Libraries from File Explorer

This document explains the process of removing synced libraries from your file explorer.

For this example, we will delete the “University of Wisconsin-Documents” library from our File explorer.

File explorer b4

The File Explorer is found by clicking the Explorer  icon near the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

file explorer icon

Let's Get Started

  1. In the lower Right-hand corner of the screen, click the One Drive icon.

    blue clouds

  2. At the top right of the OneDrive sync window, click the settings icon

    OneDrive Settings

  3. Select, Settings from the menu.


  4. The Microsoft OneDrive settings window will appear.  Select Account in the left navigation.In the list of synced SharePoint sites, locate the synced library you wish to remove. Click the Stop sync for that library.

    Account options

  5. Confirm that you want to stop syncing that library.

    confirm stop sync

  6. You will no longer see the library under the synced locations list on the account tab.

  7. You WILL still see this in the File Explorer window.  To remove it from the File Explorer, RIGHT-click on the folder to be removed.

  8. Select Delete from the drop down menu.

    still in the file explorer

  9. Now your library is removed from the File Explorer window.


Keywords#SharePoint; #syncing; #sync; #delete file; #OneDrive   Doc ID92115
OwnerHeidi C.GroupUW Stout
Created2019-05-31 15:31:45Updated2023-10-02 08:39:31
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