How to Remove Local Copies of OneDrive Files Without Deleting Them
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We’ve previously shown you how to use OneDrive to access all your Windows files from anywhere in the world, and now it’s time to introduce you to another cool OneDrive feature: Files On-Demand.

Files On-Demand is a new feature in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It lets you decide how you want to access files in your OneDrive account.

Your choices are:

  • Online-Only Files: These files don’t take up space on your machine. You can only access them when you have an internet connection. They are marked using a cloud icon.
  • Locally Available Files: These are former online-only files that you downloaded to your machine. They are shown with a green tick in a white circle.
  • Always Available Files: These files download onto your computer immediately after creation and are available at all times. They use a white tick in a green circle.

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If you want to remove local copies of OneDrive files without deleting them, you have two choices. It depends whether you’re starting with Always Available Files or Locally Available Files.

How to Turn Online Files Into Local Files

  1. Open the OneDrive folder on your Windows computer.
  2. Right-click on the file in question.
  3. Remove the tick next to Always keep on this device.

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How to Turn Local Files Into Online Files

  1. Open the OneDrive folder on your Windows computer.
  2. Right-click on the file in question.
  3. Click on Clear space.

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The second method is the only process which will save space. If you want to turn an Always Available File into an Online-Only File, follow both sets of instructions consecutively.

Do you micro-manage your OneDrive files using the methods we explained? Let us know in the comments below.

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