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Auto Save Documents, Pictures, and Desktop to OneDrive in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to save your personal folders to OneDrive. A document you save, an image you store to your Pictures folder, a file on the Desktop can be uploaded to the OneDrive folder. Here is how to enable this feature.

OneDrive is the online document storage solution created by Microsoft which comes bundled as a free service with Windows 10. It can be used to store your documents and other data online in the cloud. It also offers synchronization of stored data across all your devices.

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The ability to save your data to OneDrive automatically is provided by the built-in OneDrive app. You need to turn on the required option in its settings. By default, it is disabled.

To automatically save Documents, Pictures, and Desktop to OneDrive in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Right-click on the OneDrive tray icon to open its menu. If you don't have the icon, click the tiny arrow pointing upwards near the system tray (notification area) to reveal the overflow area and then right click the OneDrive icon.
    Windows 10 OneDrive notification icon
  2. From its context menu, select "Settings". Windows 10 OneDrive notification icon menu
  3. The Settings dialog will be opened. There, go to the Auto Save tab.
  4. Click on the Update folders button.OneDrive Auto Save Tab Update Folders Button
  5. In the next dialog, select the folders you want to sync with OneDrive automatically. Unselect unwanted folders and click on the button Start protection.OneDrive Enable Auto Save Documents Pictures Desktop
  6. Windows 10 will upload the existing files to the cloud.

You are done.

Tip: Windows 10 allows you to save your time and upload screenshots automatically to OneDrive. Every time you capture a screenshot, it can be uploaded to the OneDrive folder. See the article  How To Save Screenshots Automatically to OneDrive in Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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