Remove OneDrive Icon from File Explorer in Windows

Last Updated on December 30, 2016

Windows 10 OneDrive OneDrive comes as an add-on to Windows 10. If you’ve got a Microsoft, Outlook or Windows live account, Microsoft automatically provides you with a OneDrive account. In Windows, OneDrive icon shows up in the navigation tree in the left-side. By default, there is no option to remove it.

If you are one of those people who don’t use OneDrive or haven’t signed in to Windows account on your PC using a live account, then this OneDrive link is useless. I use Google Drive for storing my data, so other cloud storage services are of little use for me. In fact, having multiples of them can be cumbersome and hard to manage since I can quickly forget what files I put in where.

There is a handy registry trick that you can use to remove this OneDrive entry from the File Explorer.

  • Press Windows + R to open Run box. Type regedit and press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor for you.
  • Navigate to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > CLSID{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} key.
  • Click on CLSID to highlight it, then double-click on System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and edit its value.
  • By default, the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD value should be 1. This means that display of OneDrive icon in the File Explorer is enabled. To disable it, set the value to 0 and press Enter.
  • Restart your PC and then open the File Explorer. The OneDrive entry should not appear anymore in the list.

That’s pretty much all you need to do. Make sure that you backup your stuff before messing with Registry. Sometimes, even small changes can crash Windows. Though the thing we are doing here isn’t going to harm your PC in any way, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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